200,000,000 (yep! That's two hundred million!) LinkedIn passwords have been compromised in the last month, including those that were encrypted.
Many accounts have been hacked; particularly within social network settings.
What you need to do to protect yourself:
1) Change your LinkedIn password immediately.
2) Change the password for any other account that is using that same password.
Remember, do not re-use passwords for this specific reason. Create long, random passwords, making them much more difficult to decrypt. Protect yourself by using password manager apps, such as 1Password, LastPass or Dashlane…Such apps remember your passwords for you so that you are not tasked with keeping them all in your head or on random post-it notes.
Make sure that your email password and your bank account passwords are different. Having your social account hacked is one thing, but getting your bank account hacked can have devastating consequences…
Email passwords are also very important because if the hacker gets access to your email, they will be able to reset any other account’s password and username!!!
~ Nicole Abaté Ducarroz, Software Engineer
- Use a different password for everything
- Make sure your passwords are difficult, long and random
- Don't use your family names or words that would be easy to guess
- Don't use a single word, use a combination
- Use lower and uppercase
- Use meta symbols and numbers
- Don't put the same name as the software, ie for instagram, don't make your password be instagram123
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- Use a password management software like 1Password