Earlier in the day there were reports that about 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were leaked on the web by a hacker. Later LinkedIn confirmed that passwords were compromised.
Vicente Silveira Director at LinkedIn confirmed this on the LinkedIn blog and added that “affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised benefit from the enhanced security LinkedIn just recently put in place, which includes hashing and salting of our current password databases”. You can read more about it here:
http://goo.gl/MzF0R, http://goo.gl/1avvZ, and http://goo.gl/VB1II.
There are other websites which are providing the facility to check if your password has been compromised. Huffington Post in its report provided a link to Lastpass to check if your password has been compromised. But it requires you to enter your LinkedIn password (!!??!! Won’t this compromise my password if it hasn’t been already?). If you ask me I’d say a big NO to entering you password anywhere except the site it is meant for.
Well, it so happens that my LinkedIn password was also compromised, but before I could read the news on any of the Techblogs, I received a mail from LinkedIn, which says:
Dear abcd (user),
In order to ensure that you continue to have the best experience using LinkedIn, we are constantly monitoring our site to make sure your account information is safe.
We have recently disabled your account for security reasons. To reset your password, follow these quick steps:
1. Go to the LinkedIn website
2. Click on “Sign In”
3. Click on “Forgot Password?” and follow the directions on the website
The LinkedIn Team
And, like the email said I tried to sign in, my password did not work, clicked on “Forgot Password” and changed my password. Now, my predicament is, I might have used the same or similar password on a dozen other websites (easier to remember one password for all than to use different passwords for different sites you see). If you do decide to check whether it has been compromised, then read this before you do so http://goo.gl/MgtBu
But it’s best to log into LinkedIn and change your password NOW and always remember to keep unique passwords for each site, I am gonna do the same. I changed my password on LinkedIn and as soon as I finish writing this I am going to create unique passwords for each site I am registered on!! Here’s some help to create unique passwords for each site you register: http://goo.gl/7ZhXy.
To change your password on LinkedIn, go here: http://goo.gl/i8Mx0