I’m truly sorry if this question isn’t appropriate for the sub – I don’t even know where to begin to ask and would appreciate any signposting…
In the last 6 months, I’ve gotten warnings from my browser’s password manager that my passwords (en masse) have been found in security breaches. 6-ish months ago I actually took a day off work and just manically started changing literally hundreds of them. I was shocked – my Amazon account password, social media, third party payment providers, my student loan account and many more. Some of it was absolutely my own stupid fault – like using the same password on multiple accounts (but that had been ongoing for years, not sure why all of a sudden, 6 months ago they ALL were found in a data breach?); but some were not that obvious. Since then, it’s endless – “Compromised password – XYZ account: found in data breach”
Is this a case of it’s been going on for ages and I’ve just not been aware of it, or something else? It just seems really odd.