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Firefox Monitor will inform users of data leaks

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As data breaches have become increasingly common on the Internet, Mozilla is releasing a new service to help users know if their personal information has been exposed.

The new service called Firefox Monitor can check to see if a user's personal information has been compromised by any of the numerous data breaches that occur each year. The company is also providing the option to register with the service so that it can proactively alert you if you happen to fall victim to a data breach in the future.

Mozilla's new service is a result of a partnership with the site Have I Been Pwned which has been offering similar functionality since its launch in 2013. However, Firefox's install base will allow even more users to benefit from the service even if it functions in much the same way as the site.

Vice President of Firefox Product, Nick Nguyen explained how Firefox Monitor works in greater detail in a blog post, saying:

“Visit and type in your email address. Through our partnership with Troy Hunt’s “Have I Been Pwned,” your email address will be scanned against a database that serves as a library of data breaches. We’ll let you know if your email address and/or personal info was involved in a publicly known past data breach. Once you know where your email address was compromised you should change your password and any other place where you’ve used that password.”

Knowing if your personal details have been exposed is just the first step and Mozilla recommends using a different password for each account, creating strong passwords and using two-factor authentication to prevent falling victim to a data breach.

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Anthony Spadafora
After living and working in South Korea for seven years, Anthony now resides in Houston, Texas where he writes about a variety of technology topics for ITProPortal.