Log into the LinkedIn website via a new browser window (do not access it through an email) and change your password using a unique, complex pass-phrase immediately, says end point security firm McAfee
BANGALORE, INDIA: As reported, thousands of LinkedIn accounts have been compromised and 6.5 million passwords were published on a Russian hacker site.
Although the data release did not include associated email addresses and other information, the hashed passwords have been released. While industry experts advice users to change passwords, this incident only reiterates the need for users to not keep hacker friendly passwords.
Here are a few security tips for LinkedIn users:
Log into the LinkedIn website via a new browser window (do not access it through an email) and change your password using a unique, complex pass-phrase immediately. It’s a good idea to make it a monthly habit of updating your password.
It’s a good time to change the passwords to all other accounts that require authentication, such as social networks, email and financial accounts, especially if you use the same password.·
Review your list of LinkedIn connections in your network to ensure there are none that do not look familiar.·
Beware of any phishing emails that claim to be from LinkedIn.
Check that your privacy settings are set appropriately.·
Make sure your computer us up-to-date with all its critical security patches and your browser is secured.