Computer safety


By Chris Gaarde, Assistant Editor, American Consequences

In just the first six months of 2019, there were 4.1 billion “compromised records” in data breaches… including passwords, usernames, private photos, credit card data, and even Social Security numbers.  Earlier this year Google introduced an optional Chrome browser extension – kind of like an app for your browser – that shows a warning when you log into a website using a leaked username or password.

In addition to installing the Chrome browser extension, a good place to start is The website contains a database of past and current data breaches. Simply input an e-mail address and the site will tell you if, when, where, and what was leaked.

Once you’ve done that… Change your passwords to something secure and close any accounts you no longer use.

You should also take advantage of your right to free annual credit reports. You’re allowed one free credit report from each of the three services every year. To get started visit

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