“A hacker has reportedly stolen and published around 6.5 million hashed passwords from the company, following security revelations regarding the way LinkedIn’s mobile app handles your calendar data.
A Russian hacker uploaded the hashed passwords (meaning they’re protected and not just plain text) to a forum this morning, requesting help to get them deciphyered. Several security researchers say the leak is likely legitimate, including researcher Per Thorsheim.
The big takeaway for now: change your LinkedIn password ASAP. If your password is decently sophisticated, the hackers likely won’t be able to unencrypt it, but as always it’s better to be safe about these things. It’s also unclear if the hackers got hold of LinkedIn usernames, which would make it easier for them get into accounts.”
To change your LinkedIn password, follow these steps:
- Log in to LinkedIn.com using your current ID and password
- Click on your name in the upper right corner, a small menu will appear
- Select the ‘settings’ option
- On the left side of the screen, note password and change.
- Select change and create a new and stronger password. You will be asked to verify the new password a second time.
What is a strong password? Strong passwords contain combinations of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters: !, ., @, $ are often used.
An example of a normal (weak) password is ‘Chicago’. Weak is meant because the word is in the dictionary and is easily hacked. A stronger version is ‘cH1c@g0′. You can substitute @ for ‘a’, ’1′ for I, ’0′ for ‘o’. Using strong passwords will help protect personal information from identity thieves.
By Dion D. Shaw
Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
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