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Problem with well-intended aspect of Monitor. I had a data breach despite excellent habits. I can't change every password!

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I am so sick of Google, I decided to give Firefox a try again. For the first time, it offered me Monitor, which demonstrated I have suffered a data breach, apparently at multiple sites, and they have all gotten hold of the same one of my passwords. Even though I suspect Y'all are aware that the breach was not my doing, Firefox is set up to treat me like an idiot after the fact, going into detail about safe passwords and using password manager apps--the whole thing about not using one password for multiple sites and all that, which I've been aware of and responded to cautiously and reliably for about the last fifteen years, of about twenty that I've been online.

The problem is that I am very internet savvy, so that info, as helpful as it is meant to be, is useless to me and a bit offensive. I have been using LastPass for about the last five years. I have nearly 300 unique passwords. It is useless to me to be told that some strangers have access to one of my nearly 300 passwords. What am I supposed to do with that information, change all my passwords? Why did they not provide me the password that was part of the breach, so I can hunt it down and change it? Right now, all it's done is set me up to worry, when in fact, the forces that absconded with my data, presumably as part of huge data breaches involving major companies, probably have no interest in me whatsoever! I think presenting things in this manner, as well meant as it may have been, is a bit irresponsible and condescending. Not everyone out here is an idiot, even if we may not be computer techs. Is there any way I can learn which of my many passwords was part of this breach? What else am I supposed to do with this info, when I already have unique passwords for all of my many accounts and I use a password manager?

I mean no offense in presenting my frustration and understand you all are volunteers and not responsible for the problems as I have outlined them. I hope someone can help me sort this out.

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As a footnote, Mozilla does not receive the details of data associated with your email address that may have been held by a website or data broker. Monitor can provide general information about the types of information that were discovered (or confessed to) in the leaked data, but that doesn't necessarily mean the site/broker had all that data for every address it held.

If you weren't a MySpace user, the company might captured your email address when extracting a "friend's" address book contents. But they might not know anything else -- why would they? -- and in that case there's no action required.

Unfortunately (?), Monitor can't know your specific relationship to the companies that suffer breaches, so you see the same thing a MySpace user sees.

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Thank you jscher, I don't have an FB a/c and have never been to the zynga site. So alas your kind reply doesn't help me.

regards

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Hi nithig, I don't have any other ideas why the Zynga data would have contained your email address. Some sites collect users' address books for lead generation, but that would be odd for a game site. ??

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