Your Gmail may have been HACKED as billions warned over 'secret attack'

THE THREAT from cyber crooks is sadly a never-ending battle, as they constantly look for new ways to rob you blind.

Our email is obviously a treasure trove of information that could be useful to fraudsters, so it's more important than ever to keep it as secure as possible.

Most of them time, hackers rely on large data dumps that have previously been illegally obtained.

And despite advice not to, many people actually use the same password for everything.

This means that, if your password was compromised on one website, a hacker could try the same password on another site and see if it works.

So you can imagine the devastation if you use the same password for your Gmail, one of the world's most popular email services.

And worse still, how would you even know if one of your logins has been stolen in the first place?

Thankfully, Google has a tool that might just help.

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How to use Google Password check-up

Google Password check-up cleverly compares your login details against known data breaches.

If it spots a match, it alerts you.

It's a really handy add-on that comes with Google Chrome.

When you log into any service, it should automatically pop-up to warn you if a match has been detected.

For any passwords you have stored in Chrome, it'll do the work for you too – and you can check right now.

All you need to do is type 'password check' in your Chrome browser, then a button will appear that says Run Chrome Safety Check.

Tap it.

It'll then take a few moments to check, and under the heading titled 'Passwords' it'll say whether any are at risk.

If it's a yes, a blue button will appear saying Review.

Chrome will show you which services and suggest changing the passwords for them.

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And Apple is working on a fix for a recently discovered bug that is capable of exposing the personal data of iPhone users.

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