The hackers are at it again. Over 6 million LinkedIn passwords were compromised this morning and leaked on to the Internet. Additionally, the same hacker is also looking for a new girlfriend or boyfriend and has compromised over 1.5 million passwords from eHarmony. It’s tough finding love out there, even for hackers.
According to reports, someone on a Russian forum boasted about downloading over six million LinkedIn user hashed passwords. It’s important to note that even though this information is encrypted, it’s important to go and change your password right now.
Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords. Stay tuned for more.
— LinkedIn (@LinkedIn) June 6, 2012
LinkedIn released a blog post confirming that passwords were compromised and said they are continuing to investigate the situation. They also stated that members with a hacked account will notice that they can no longer log into their LinkedIn accounts. Instructions will be sent via email on how to reset their passwords. After following these instructions, and request password assistance, you will receive an email with a password link. You’ll even get another email from the LinkedIn Customer Service team explaining a bit more context on this situation. I bet they are truly earning their paychecks today!
[Related: The Ultimate LinkedIn Profile Cheat Sheet]
Here’s some tips on how to keep your LinkedIn account secure. Please let me know if you have any additional notes in the comments below.
LinkedIn Password Best Practices
1. Go to the LinkedIn Settings page
2. If you don’t remember your password, you can get password help by clicking Forget password? on the Sign In page
3. Change your password every few months
4. Don’t use the same password for every site – this is hard, I know
5. Try and make your password 10+ characters and a combination of symbols, characters and numbers
6. Never give your password to anyone or write it down
7. Sign out of your account, especially after you use a publicly shared computer
8. Don’t forget it’s never a good idea to change your password by following a link within an email you didn’t request.