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LinkedIn leak makes headlines

If you have a LinkedIn account, you may want to think about changing the password.

Although LinkedIn gurus haven't yet confirmed it, it's being reported everywhere that more than six million passwords belonging to LinkedIn users have been compromised. All LinkedIn spokespersons have said thus far is that there is a team looking into the incident.

A file containing 6,458,020 password hashes has been posted on the Internet, and hackers are working to crack them. The data that has been released thus far does not include associated e-mail addresses, but officials speculate this information is in the hands of the criminals. 

If you have a LinkedIn account, change your password immediately. Here's how:


• Log into your account.

• Click on the drop down menu where you see your name i the top right hand corner of the home page. Select "settings."

• Choose the option to change your password. You will need to enter your old password, then the new one twice. 

Remember: It is crucial that you make your password difficult to decipher. Use a mixture of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers. The more difficult you make it, the less likely you'll fall victim to identity theft. 

Published Jun 06 2012, 03:55 PM by IdentityTheft
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