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Craig Johnson, Clark.com

If the Equifax data breach has taught us anything, it’s that securing our personal information has never been more important.

That’s why an extra tool in our data-protection tool box is always a good thing.

Here’s a new way to see if your online credentials have been exposed in a data breach 

Most of us log on to various accounts using some combination of email addresses, user names and passwords. But what if one or more  of them has been compromised? How exactly would you know?

Passprotect, a Chrome extension, will alert you when you use an email to log onto an account and your personal info is at risk. Chrome is an internet browser so if you don’t already use it, you’ll have to download it from Google for the extension to work.

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Here’s how it works: Passprotect is powered by the site Have I Been Pwned, which lets you know if your password has turned up in any of the vast data breaches out there.

To start using Passprotect, download it from Google Chrome Web Store and click the button in the top right corner.

If you’re jittery about the possibility that your personal info could be “out there” somewhere, there are still more steps you can take. Money expert Clark Howard says the #1 way to cut down on financial fraud and other nefarious schemes involving your personal data is to protect yourself in a two-step process.

First, sign up for free credit monitoring at CreditKarma.com or CreditSesame.com and second, freeze your credit. Here is a step-by-step guide to get you started.

RELATED: Half of Americans haven’t even checked their credit since the breach

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