Check your accounts, 18 million email passwords stolen!

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They use their password thieves to make money or buy online

If you own an email associated with PayPal (a company that makes payments and transfers online), it would be a good idea to make sure your account balance is still as it should be.

Namely, the German police announced that one of the major emails of the e-mail passwords has been carried out in recent days, which, without the owner’s knowledge, “cleans up” the accounts and withdraws cash.

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Internet banking

Estimates say that hackers have stolen 18 million email addresses and their associated passwords this week, and a good portion of them are linked to PayPal. The thieves check that the PayPal password is identical to the email password, which is a very common case, and then they withdraw funds from their account or buy goods online, which is then delivered to the default address. Although this fraud was discovered on Thursday, the theft of money from the account is still ongoing.

Email account holders most often use the terms 123456 and password

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The job is also facilitated by the fact that e-mail users often use simple passwords. According to the list of the most common and the most common, and thus the worst, email account holders most often use the terms 123456 and password.

Unfortunately, almost half of internet users don’t pay too much attention to choosing a password. Most often, they choose words or terms that are easy to remember and put a numeric string or a general term. Such a password breaks through special programs in seconds and offers no protection.

Change your password

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It’s not a problem if you use your email account to play video games, but if it’s connected to internet banking, it can be a very costly mistake – says computer expert Josip Jerenic.

Of the 18 million hacked email addresses, the vast majority belong to Internet users in Europe. About three million e-mail accounts compromised in Germany, while the number is still unknown in Croatia. In any case, the advice is to protect yourself.