Almost two years ago, I received the kind of email that everyone dreads: a contrite semi-apology from a frequently-used platform notifying me that it had been hacked and my email address and password had been stolen.

Cue panic, an immediate and hasty password change (to something convoluted under the misapprehension that if I couldn’t guess it, no hacker could), followed by a more level-headed click of haveibeenpwned to face the scale of the problem.

The news wasn’t good. The email wasn’t the only data breach I had suffered, just the only one I had been notified about. …


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