Inbox Scan locates sensitive information and hidden vulnerabilities

Inbox Scan locates sensitive information and hidden vulnerabilities

Last updated: October 25, 2017 

Lurking lost and forgotten in the shadows of your email inbox is the potential for a hacker’s pot of gold.  How long have you had a free email account from Google, Hotmail, Yahoo and/or AOL?  Months?  Years?  Decades?  During that span, how many times have you requested and received plain-text password retrieval emails and other sensitive personal information?  If unsure you have adequately deleted this information over time, a new inbox scan utility has arrived to shed light on the booty.

Dashlane Inbox Scan is a free, web-based email inbox scan utility from password manager and secure digital wallet creator Dashlane.  To get started with a free inbox scan to identify hidden vulnerabilities that may exist, click the predominant Scan my inbox button on the web site.

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Choose which of your email inboxes you would like to scan for vulnerabilities.

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Dashlane includes a safety and privacy notice on the inbox selection screen.  Before heeding the reassuring messages, make sure that Dashlane is an entity that you trust with temporary access to in your inbox.  For testing purposes, we selected Hotmail as the inbox we wanted to scan.  Microsoft, the provider of Hotmail, presented a permission request before allowing the inbox scan to begin.

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Once permission was granted to Dashlane for access to the Hotmail inbox, the inbox scan began scanning for risky information right away.

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Fortunately for our Hotmail inbox, the scan did not yield any threats in the collection of emails stored there.

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If your inbox scan didn’t fair as well, you were presented with a bubble diagram that displays the number and importance of the discovered threats.  A security analysis page displays the online accounts that were identified, passwords impacted by security breaches, and a score.

In cases where threats were detected, it is advisable to search the impacted inboxes for the threats, delete those emails, and change the password(s) for those site(s).  It is fairly uncommon for plain-text passwords to be issued these days.  Running Dashlane Inbox Scan once for each of your email services may be something you only do once.  But that one time may be the charm.

Thank you for visiting Tech Help Knowledgebase to learn how to run a free inbox scan.