If you’re on the popular professional social network, LinkedIn, you really want to change your password immediately. Yes you do. LinkedIn suffered a hack yesterday whose payload was the leaking of some 6.5 million passwords onto a Russian hacking site. The security breach was confirmed by LinkedIn itself admitting that some passwords were indeed stolen from the website.
LinkedIn says it’s investigating the matter to establish how exactly the passwords were stolen and that in the meantime they have closed access to the compromised accounts until the owners of the accounts have changed them.You can also help yourself by changing the password, whether LinkedIn has closed access to your account or not. Just go to LinkedIn.com, log in, hover the mouse over your name (top right corner), click settings and you’ll be taken to a page where you can change your password.
One important thing to look out for is that the unscrupulous lot in cyberspace are taking full advantage of this Linked password scare by using phishing emails to fool unsuspecting members of the network into downloading malicious software, supposedly to help secure their accounts. You don’t want to fall victim to that so just avoid clicking on links in emails purporting to be from LinkedIn. LinkedIn has a specific way its dealing with compromised accounts