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I have just received this email from AbeBooks.com:

Hello AbeBooks Customer,

This is an important message from AbeBooks.com.

As part of our routine security monitoring, we have learned that a list of email addresses and passwords were posted online this week.

While the list was not AbeBooks-related, we know that many people reuse their passwords on several websites. We believe your email address and password set was on the list posted online.

Therefore we have taken the precaution of disabling your password on your account. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused but felt that it was necessary to help protect you and your AbeBooks account.

I don't care so much about my AbeBooks.com account as I barely use it. But, I am very worried to know that my email and password are published online. Although I tried to Google for my email and haven't found anything.

What should I do now? Should I change the passwords in all my 50+ accounts?

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    If possible you have to find that page. It's well worth to delete the accounts you don't use often, then change the passwords of the most used sites. – naiveai Sep 14 '14 at 4:30
  • I don't consider myself paranoid, but whenever I come across a password dictionary, I grep through just to make sure none of my common ones are in there. – IQAndreas Sep 14 '14 at 5:02
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Probably the most comprehensive database of searchable compromised accounts is haveibeenpwned.com.

If you've reused the password in multiple places then yes you should assume that password has been compromised. I also recommend enabling two-factor authentication wherever possible as this will reduce the risk of one account being compromised leading to other accounts being compromised.

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    Thanks! Through this site I've reached at another site: isleaked.com where I found that indeed my password has leaked, so I changed it immediately. – Erel Segal-Halevi Sep 14 '14 at 6:19
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Do you have the same password on all your 50+ accounts? If not I think you should not be worried. Change the password on your AbeBooks account and maybe the email addres you Googled and you will be fine.

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