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Change your Google password now: Millions of Gmail accounts leaked

Change your Google password now: Millions of Gmail accounts leaked

Russian hackers have apparently hacked millions of Google and Gmail accounts. Around 5 million passwords and usernames for the Google accounts are now posted online. The data just showed up on a Russian website forum. The poster, who goes by the name tvskit, claimed that 60% of the usernames and passwords are legitimate active accounts.

The hacked accounts are listed on the Russian website that's been the epicenter for some high-profile leaks over the last few days. The forum, btcsec.com, is dedicated to bitcoin security. Earlier this week, the site leaked 6 million Russian email and search accounts. This latest Google leak also contains several thousand usernames and passwords for the Russian search site Yandex.

Now, Google responded to the leaks claiming that most of the data in this hack is actually old information. Google suspects they were collected over years of phishing attacks on individual accounts, rather than a broad hack on any of Google's systems. Many of the accounts and passwords seem to be old and outdated. That being said, if you haven't changed your password in awhile, your account could still be at risk.

There's a simple way to find out if your Gmail or Google+ account is in this round of leaks. Click here to use a simple search tool to check if you've been compromised.

Just because your email address and password didn't show up in this database doesn't mean you haven't been hacked. I recommend you change your Google password today. It's always a good idea to change it up every once in awhile; you can't be too careful.

I've got a handy trick for coming up with secure passwords that are easy to remember.

Also, you should definitely be using two-factor authentication to secure your most sensitive accounts. Click here to find out how to set up two-factor authentication on Google, Facebook, Microsoft and more.

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