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Your Gmail may have been HACKED as billions of people warned of a ‘secret attack’

THREAT from online scammers is sadly a never-ending war, as they are constantly looking for new ways to blindly rob you.

Our email is clearly a treasure trove of information that can be useful to scammers, so it’s more important than ever to keep it as secure as possible.

Gmail has 1.5 billion active users

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Gmail has 1.5 billion active usersCredit: Alamy

Most of the time, hackers rely on large troves of data that were previously obtained illegally.

And despite the advice against it, many people actually use the same password for everything.

This means that, if your password is compromised on one website, a hacker can try the same password on another website and see if it works.

So you can imagine the devastation if you use the same password for your Gmail, one of the world’s most popular email services.

And worse yet, how can you even tell if one of your credentials was stolen in the first place?

Thankfully, Google has a tool that can be helpful.

How to use Google’s Password Check feature

Google Password Checkup will intelligently compare your login details with known data breaches.

If it detects a match, it will notify you.

It’s a really handy add-on that comes with Google Chrome.

When you sign in to any service, it will automatically pop up to alert you if a match is detected.

For any passwords you’ve stored in Chrome, it’ll do the work for you too – and you can check it out now.

All you need to do is type ‘check password’ into your Chrome browser, then a button will appear saying Run Chrome Safety Check.

Click it.

It will then take a few minutes to check and under the heading titled ‘Passwords’ it will indicate if any password is at risk.

If yes, a blue button will appear indicating Review.

Chrome will show you which services and suggestions to change the password for them.

Gmail launched in 2004

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Gmail launched in 2004Credit: Getty
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And Apple is work to fix for a recently discovered bug that could potentially expose iPhone users’ personal data.


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