What could have led to my account getting compromised?

One of the largest targets for modern hackers is credentials, meaning username and password. It is important to note that leaked credentials are not a result of our systems. Malicious actors can gain access to your username and password in any number of ways: Phishing or the practice of sending individuals emails enticing them to divulge private information; installing credential stealing malware on an individual's machine capturing any usernames/passwords being entered by the user; or even from credential dumps from compromised websites. Attackers can then leverage stolen credentials against other sites to login to accounts. An easy way for users to mitigate this threat is to use unique passwords on each site, this way if your credentials are stolen or hijacked for one account it will not affect all of the others.

 

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