LinkedIn Passwords Stolen – What You Should Do

LinkedIn is a popular social network for professionals wanting to promote themselves and their careers, connect with current and former business contacts, and build their businesses. So you may already have joined the site.

If you are a LinkedIn user, please read on.

Yesterday, LinkedIn confirmed that some of their users’ passwords were stolen. While they are investigating the issue further, here is what they recommend that you do:

password security tips

  • If LinkedIn thinks your password was compromised, your account password will be disabled and you should get an email with instructions (but no links) giving you the first steps to resetting a new password.
  • Follow the steps in the first email and you’ll get a second email from LinkedIn with a password reset link.
  • LinkedIn also advises you to review their advice about password security.

Even if you don’t get an email from LinkedIn, you may want to proactively change your password, and use it as an opportunity to create an even stronger password.

As an Internet service provider with 18 years of experience safeguarding our members’ accounts, EarthLink has long promoted the value of creating strong passwords that you keep private and secure.

Want to know more about password security? Read our blog post about protecting your passwords, this post with a system you can use to generate strong passwords without repeating them, and this password help from the EarthLink Support Center.

If you wish to change your EarthLink password, use the Password Reset Tool on our My Account page.

We also had a link to download the free LastPass password manager from our eLink newsletter for Internet access members (scroll down to the Download section).

eHarmony users: Dating site eHarmony also confirmed a password security breach yesterday. You can read about that password security problem here.

LastPass has created tools to help you check if your LinkedIn password or eHarmony password was stolen.

Three Simple Steps to End Password Repetition

Pretend you’re a successful real estate mogul. You own properties all over the world. You want to keep these properties secure and you’ve installed deadbolts on all the doors of each building. You’re very efficient, and so rather than carry around a huge key ring, you’ve just coded all the locks to a single key.
This makes things so much easier. Especially for the kid you paid to watch your dog gets his hands on your master key. Of course, if we were millionaire real estate moguls, we’d never make a mistake like that. We’d get different keys for each property. So why do we make this mistake with our passwords?
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Lessons Learned and The Importance of Unique Passwords

On December 11th, 2010 the blog Gawker was attacked by cyber criminals who were able to penetrate Gawker’s systems and steal their subscriber’s user names and passwords. The following day, criminals posted this information on the internet, posting over a million usernames and passwords. Many individuals used the same user name and password on the Gawker site as they did on consumer email, banking and other platforms. Hackers began using the posted information to begin randomly checking the compromised usernames and passwords on popular social networking, banking and internet service provider log in sites.
While it is easier to utilize just one user name and password for all of your online activity, this increases your online risk if your online credentials end up in the hands of a criminal. EarthLink recommends using a unique user name and passwords for all sites you use on the web.
Other security tips include:

Securing Home Wireless

In recent years home wireless (Wi-Fi) internet connections have become very common. Wireless router technology allows computers to connect to the internet without cords allowing computers to be portable. Wireless routers use radio signals to communicate with your computer. The wireless router broadcasts the availability of your internet connection and like a radio can be picked up by anyone within a certain distance. Because anyone within a certain distance can intercept the communication between the wireless router and your computer, an unsecured wireless connection can have unintended consequences. Continue reading