How to protect yourself from the security breach on LinkedIn

How to protect yourself from the security breach on LinkedIn

The unimaginable happed. Security breach with LinkedIn account passwords, over 6.5 million impacted. Need more proof on this claim? LinkedIn released the following message this morning, June 6th.

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An Update on LinkedIn Member Passwords Compromised

Vicente Silveira, June 6, 2012

We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts:

1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.

2. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email.

3. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.

It is worth noting that the affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised benefit from the enhanced security we just recently put in place, which includes hashing and salting of our current password databases.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously, if you haven’t read it already it is worth checking out my earlier blog post today about updating your password other account security best practices.

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How do you know if you were impacted? You can wait for an e-mail notification from LinkedIn, check the list at this website – http://leakedin.org/ - to see if your password was compromised or…just simply update your LinkedIn password.  I chose to error on the safe side and changed my password. And I recommend you do the same to protect yourself from the security breach on LinkedIn -

Step 1. While logged into your LinkedIn home page, move your mouse over your name in the upper right corner to engage a pull-down menu. Select “Settings” (follow the red arrows)

 

Step 2. Look to the bottom-left corner for the “Account” tab to change the privacy settings menu.

 

Step 3. Look to the bottom-right column for “Change password” and select.

 

Step 4. You will see the following pop-up window. Follow through with your changes and you’re DONE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips on new password creation:

  • Use upper and lowercase words
  • Use numbers and special characters such as $3002#
  • Use a pattern that is easy to recall yet mixes up all sorts of alpha-numeric characters
  • And most importantly…do not ever use your birth date, child’s name, address, phone number, or the words linkedin or linkmein

Yes, the word LinkMeIn was one of the passwords that was hacked.

Help others by informing them of this security breach by sharing this blog.

 

About the Author

William Blackmon is founder and CEO of Apogee Social Media Group. His knowledge and experience specific to the LinkedIn platform, has made him one of the most sought after trainers and consultants for individuals, companies, and universities in the area. William is an entrepreneur and open networker willing to accept your invitation to connect if you personalize your message stating how you found his name and what he can do to assist you. Click on picture to send invite.