Multiple reports are saying that 6.46 million LinkedIn password have been published on a Russian forum and that a group of computer hackers are attempting to unscramble the data. Right now, LinkedIn is restricting communications to saying that it is investigating the issue.
Caveat: I am NOT a security expert and do not intend going into the whys and wherefores of this topic as it relates to LinkedIn although I have spoken to subject matter experts on this and they do confirm that hackers could unscramble what is called a ‘hash file.’ What I can say is that even if there is the remotest chance that your password is at risk then you should change it immediately. However, doing so is not self evident. Here is what you have to do:
- Login to your account with your usual credentials.
- Click on ‘settings’ in the drop down at the top right hand side.
- Click to ‘account’ and then find the ‘change password’ link which is under ‘Email and Password.’
- Change your password. This will likely require you to login again.
When changing passwords think carefully about what it should be. Many people recommend including upper and lower case letters along with numbers and things like $ % ^. This sort of thing unquestionably makes remembering your password more difficult but the extra effort is well worth it in my opinion.