In the next few weeks or so, you might be receiving emails from some of your most travelled websites, including Netflix and/or Facebook. This could be because it matches a credential that you used on an older website. Do not disregard the email because it could save you from a lot of heartache and headache.
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Cyber security expert Brian Kerbs told Engadget that some of these bigger companies, including Facebook and Google, have been going through the data from other security breaches to see if the log-ins that were stolen match ones that users have today. This is actually a very common occurrence because people tend to use the same email and password for everything - maybe sticking a number somewhere in the middle or a period if need be.
In some cases, you will have no choice but to change your password or you won't be able to use the service. This is especially important because they aren't trying to be a pain in the butt, they are trying to protect you.
Most recently, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Myspace have had security breaches where emails and passwords were given out - so make sure that you get on top of your other accounts as well.
Netflix has already started sending out resets for those who may have problems. They are combing through information that is readily available about you online to see if your password is still safe.
Another great tip is to go and delete accounts you don't use - Myspace, for example, probably hasn't been a website you've frequented in almost a decade.