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We've all wasted more time than we care to admit with silly internet quizzes. This one, however, is actually useful and is probably worth your time.

The New York Times has published an interesting and potentially terrifying quiz that will give you an idea how much of your personal information has been exposed to hackers. It walks you through the different online services that you may have opened accounts with as well as the places you might have used your credit card with the pertinent dates listed. In the end, it spits out exactly what data hackers may have obtained, or in some cases, how many times certain data has been exposed. It covers everything from the annoying (your e-mail address) to the chilling (fingerprints).

It's one thing to know that hackers may have some of your data, it's another when you add it all up and realize that some data has been taken more than once. Even if you've escaped any actual consequences from these hacks it makes you realize that you may just be lucky so far.

The quiz itself points out that there's really nothing you can do to prevent these sorts of things from happening. All you can do is be vigilant about watching your accounts and jump on any unauthorized activity as soon as it happens. We also highly recommend installing a password manager and making sure you never reuse passwords -- especially for critical services like banking, communications and the like. That way if one service is compromised, the rest are still safe.

The quiz only covers major known hacks from the last couple of years so it's not going to give you all the data but as a baseline it's still useful.

Source: techspot.com



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