Virginia, February 2020: A Virginia IT support company has provided a free tool for local businesses to see if their email addresses have been stolen.
TCB 24×7 EXPERT SUPPORT AND OUTSOURCE IT CONSULTING owner John Vuong set up the free check at “Check to see if your email address has been stolen” after realizing thousands of local businesses had no idea they were at risk.
“We subscribe to clever services that let us see if an email address has ever been compromised,” John explained.
“Email addresses are typically stolen when big websites or databases are hacked. Subscriber data is taken. It happens all the time, but very few people ever know about it.”
“The big problem is when hackers steal email addresses AND passwords.”
John revealed that it only takes your email address and one password to be stolen, and you can be at significant risk.
That’s because many people re-use passwords across different systems. Cybercriminals are also clever enough to test for variations of passwords using automated tools.
John added: “Hackers only need to get lucky once. Because if they’re inside one system – especially if it’s your email – they can access other systems.
“Knowing that your email address has been stolen is the first step towards protecting yourself and your business.
“Then you can put new security measures in place. Such as generating random passwords; using a password manager, and multi authentication.
“This is typically where you generate a login code from your cell. It’s a minor pain, but adds a massive extra level of protection.”
Any business owner or manager can use the free email checking tool at “Check to see if your email address has been stolen”
TCB 24×7 EXPERT SUPPORT AND OUTSOURCE IT CONSULTING was formed in 1993 and now looks after hundreds of local businesses in the Virginia area.