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On June 7, LinkedIn acknowledged that there had been a breech in their system that allowed 6.5 million user passwords to be hacked. Although the email addresses attached to the passwords were not hacked, LinkedIn cannot guarantee that they would not be found. LinkedIn has changed those passwords and has notified the affected members (as well as others that they feel may potentially be affected).
Actions have been taken to change members’ passwords as well as applying greater security measures to ‘salt & hash’ the passwords (interesting choice of words but cryptic-speak for adding more characters to each individual password to make them more unique and secure). [I just received when I went to log onto LinkedIN again…interesting]
We live in a world where hacking is a sport for some and maintaining privacy issues is an on-going concern for all, so what I am asking of you is to:
Take the time TODAY to revise ALL OF YOUR PASSWORDS – not just LinkedIn.
Here are the suggestions provided on the LinkedIn blog to safeguard your passwords and information:
- Make sure you update your password on LinkedIn (and any site that you visit on the Web) at least once every few months.
- Do not use the same password for multiple sites or accounts.
- Create a strong password for your account, one that includes letters, numbers, and other characters.
- Watch out for phishing emails and spam emails requesting personal or sensitive information.
Source: LinkedIn Blog
If you are having problems keeping track of your passwords, create a simple Excel spreadsheet with all your accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest, TripAdvisor, ebay, etc…) and store your username, email addresses & password – save & password-protect the document. This way you only have to remember ONE password. Get into the habit of changing them frequently – this helps you safeguard your electronic ‘life’.
[Note: Personally, I use my little black book and physically write down the different accounts & combinations. I wrote another blog post about a while back. ]