6 million Linkedin passwords compromised

Linkedin has confirmed that over 6 Million of its passwords have been compromised.  Below is information regarding the breach from a LinkedIn director's Blog.

So, what should you do now:

1.  Login to your Linkedin account directly (via the website, not via any link) and change your password.

2.  If you are one of those individuals who uses the same access code/password combination on other popular websites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), banking accounts, etc. change those passwords as well. 

3.  Review the kinds of passwords you use.  Easily hackable passwords "12345", "abcde", "password", etc. are essentially useless.  Create a strong password that is impossible to guess or decypher.  

4. DON'T tape your password  to your monitor or the bottom of your keyboard.  

5. Do it NOW!

 LinkedIn director Vicente Silveria wrote

We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts:

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that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.

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.

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.


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