LinkedIn announced this week that approximately 6.5 million user passwords were stolen and posted on a hacker website. If your account was compromised, LinkedIn has deactivated your password and you will receive an email from LinkedIn with further instructions. See the notice from LinkedIn here.
LinkedIn recommends the following steps to help you keep your passwords secure:
Here are some account security and privacy best practices that we recommend for our members:
Changing Your Password:
- Never change your password by following a link in an email that you did not request, since those links might be compromised and redirect you to the wrong place.
- You can change your password from the LinkedIn Settings page.
- If you don’t remember your password, you can get password help by clicking on the Forgot password? link on the Sign in page.
- In order for passwords to be effective, you should aim to update your online account passwords every few months or at least once a quarter.
Creating a Strong Password:
- Variety – Don’t use the same password on all the sites you visit.
- Don’t use a word from the dictionary.
- Length – Select strong passwords that can’t easily be guessed with 10 or more characters.
- Think of a meaningful phrase, song or quote and turn it into a complex password using the first letter of each word.
- Complexity – Randomly add capital letters, punctuation or symbols.
- Substitute numbers for letters that look similar (for example, substitute “0″ for “o” or “3″ for “E”.
- Never give your password to others or write it down.
A few other account security and privacy best practices to keep in mind are:
- Sign out of your account after you use a publicly shared computer.
- Manage your account information and privacy settings from the Profile and Account sections of your Settings page.
- Keep your antivirus software up to date.
- Don’t put your email address, address or phone number in your profile’s Summary.
- Only connect to people you know and trust.
- Report any privacy issues to Customer Service.