Is Your LinkedIn Account Safe?

May 18, 2016

Is Your LinkedIn Account Safe?

BY Chris Brunau

Cybersecurity

Whether it’s a personal LinkedIn account or a company account, you’ve taken the time to curate it and build connections. The last thing you want is to compromise it and allow your personal information to be spread across the Internet by hackers.

117 million email and passwords for LinkedIn accounts are up for sale on a dark web marketplace called The Real Deal. This breach can be traced back to the 2012 LinkedIn hack, according to Motherboard. Therefore, this is a perfect opportunity to change your password to protect your account. 

According to a statement from LinkedIn, “we are taking immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted, and we will contact those members to reset their passwords. We have no indication that this is as a result of a new security breach.”

Some quick tips from LinkedIn include:

  • Don’t use the same password across all the sites you visit
  • Never share your password with others
  • Reset your password often
  • Install antivirus software on your computer and keep it up to date
  • Only connect with people you know and trust

LinkedIn recommends visiting their safety center to learn about two-step verification and the use of some tips to protect your email and password.

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