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April 12, 2019

Privacy Fix: How to Find Old Online Accounts

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It’s easy to forget about old accounts you’ve signed up for, including everything from photo-hosting sites to apps for household budgeting. But even if you stopped using a service years ago, experts say it’s important to find and delete it. Otherwise, the lingering data poses a risk to your digital privacy and security. “Understanding what’s out there about yourself on the internet, even those things in the past that we’ve left behind, is very important,” says Micah Hoffman, principal investigator at Spotlight Infosec, a cybersecurity consulting company that often works with individuals worried about their security. “When there’s a data breach or some other compromise of a system, attackers can grab usernames, passwords, and email addresses, and reuse those credentials to break into other accounts,” he explains. In addition, once you give an app or website permission to access your calendar, contacts, or even bank accounts, it can continue doing that for years, whether you still use the service or not. Read More…

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