I'm sure you've been following the reports that Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion usernames and passwords from 420,000 Internet sites. I wrote a Tip telling you how you can stay safe - click here if you haven't read it.
One suggestion had to do with Hold Security, which is the security company that found the breach. Hold Security said it was putting together a searchable database of stolen information you could check to see if hackers had your data.
Well, the database is now ready to go. One of my employees who had signed up received this letter just a little while ago.
Hold Security Staff
If you want to sign up with Hold security to see if your data is in hacker's hands, you can go to https://identity.holdsecurity.com/. If you've signed up and you get the email above, you can go to https://identity.holdsecurity.com/submit/ to enter your ticket number and password.
Warning: As soon as scammers see this email, they're going to send out their own versions to try and trick you into giving up your passwords. Make sure the email you get is from "email@example.com".
Also, make sure you only use the links above. If you arrive at a different link or it doesn't start with "https://" don't give out any of your information.
If the email you get, or any other communication, asks you to reply with your passwords, don't do it. It's a scam.