Rumors began circulating that LinkedIn has experienced a security breach with user passwords being compromised. Considered the largest online professional network, it is home to more than 150 million users from all over the world. With so many members using the service, including many high-profile executives, there’s always a good deal on the line from the stand point of reputation management for the brand – from a security viewpoint. LinkedIn’s security group was initially unable to confirm the incident, referring to it as “reports of stolen passwords.”
Instead, LinkedIn officials took to the official LinkedIn blog to advise users to follow best practices on frequently updating passwords – at least quarterly; and to create a strong password – usually a combination of random numbers and letters. (A password generator tool is always a good way to ensure you craft a truly strong password.)
If you are using LinkedIn, now is probably a good time to put that advice to use and change your password (even if you’ve recently done so). If you need help, BusinessInsider.com has a nice, quick article with instructions on how-to change your LinkedIn password – and it includes screen shots.
LinkedIn also offers the following tips and best practices (from its blog):
Changing Your Password:
Never change your password by following a link in an email, since those links might be compromised and redirect you to the wrong place.
You can change your password from the LinkedIn Settings page.
LinkedIn officials have said, “We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation…” If you are one of the reported 6.5 million users with a compromised account, here’s what you can expect:
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that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.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.