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Has your password leaked online? Here’s how you can find out

Password management service 1Password has now teamed up with Pwned Passwords, which will allow users to find out if their passwords have been leaked online. The database has over 500 million passwords collected from various breaches. The 1Password apps are now available for download on Mac and iOS.

How to find out:

1. Sign in to your account on 1Password.com.

2. Click Open Vault to view the items in a vault, and then click an item to see its details.

3. Enter the magic keyboard sequence Shift-Control-Option-C (or Shift+Ctrl+Alt+C on Windows) to unlock the proof of concept.

4. Click the Check Password button that appears next to your password. Clicking the Check Password button will then call out to the service and will let you know if your password exists in the database.

5. It should be noted that if your password is found, it does not necessarily mean that your account was breached. But it is recommended that you change your password.

Pnwed Passwords is a service that has been launched by Troy Hunt, and updated this month. The passwords in the database have been hashed by Hunt with SHA-1. According to a report by TechCrunch, Hunt is best known for creating the Have I Been Pwned? breach notification service which lets people sign up to be informed if/when their email address surfaces in a data breach.

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