Recently, there has been significant media coverage of LinkedIn passwords being compromised. The message below was taken directly from LinkedIn. It points out how you will know if you are one of the members with a compromised password and how to rectify.
“We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts:
- Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
- These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in this email. Once you follow this step and request password assistance, then you will receive an email from LinkedIn with a password reset link.
- These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.
It is worth noting that the affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised benefit from the enhanced security we just recently put in place…”
WingSwept would like to take this opportunity to remind you why passwords for different accounts should be unique and why they should be changed periodically. It is easy to imagine the consequences if you use the same email address and password for LinkedIn as you do for your credit card and banking accounts. If it’s been a while since you’ve changed your passwords or you are one of those affected by the compromise, now is the right time to change ALL your passwords. If you have questions, or comments, please feel free to contact us. We offer free consultations and would be glad to offer you a second opinion on any questions or concerns you may have.
LinkedIn offers more advice in this post about updating your password and other account security best practices.