Do you have a LinkedIn account? If you answered yes, I sure hope you have changed your password.
You have probably heard that roughly 6.5 million LinkedIn account passwords were leaked the other day. Recent news has also revealed that some eHarmony and Last.fm passwords were leaked as well. The complete details regarding what information was compromised have not been released, but it is known that some accounts were hacked to in order to find sensitive information, send spam messages, etc. Regardless of what information these hackers have found, it is clear that a serious issue in online security has been exposed.
LinkedIn currently has more than 150 million users, which means the chances of your password being leaked are small (roughly 4%). Even though 4% is a small amount, the passwords we use online protect very important information, and anytime that safety is threatened, it is important the we take action. Even if you haven’t noticed any suspicious activity on your account, it is better to be safe and change your password just in case (especially if your password isn't a very secure one).
What To Do? First, it is important to use secure random passwords. A secure random password should combine capitalized and uncapitalized letters that do not spell out any words and should also include a combination of numbers and characters. Secondly, it is important that you use a different password for every site you use.
GREAT! How do I think of these random passwords and how do I remember them? A variety of sites offer password protection services where you can store passwords or content. One that combines features is MySocialCloud.com (disclosure: I work there) which offers safe storage of your username and password as well as a Random Password Generator that creates very secure passwords.
With the recent LinkedIn password leak, I knew I needed to change my LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter password because I had been using the same password for all three sites. Now that I use MySocialCloud, I was able to log-in and create secure random passwords for each site with the click of a button.
Since MySocialCloud can store these passwords and allow me to auto-login to the sites in the future, I don’t have to worry about having to remember the complex passwords. Now, if/when a password leak happens in the future for whatever site it may be, I don’t have to worry about my information being exposed.
We hope that you enjoy your safer and more secure online life!