Last Thursday, the social networking site LinkedIn announced:
"6.5 million hashed LinkedIn passwords were posted on a hacker site. Most of the passwords on the list appear to remain hashed and hard to decode, but unfortunately a small subset of the hashed passwords was decoded and published.
To the best of our knowledge, no email logins associated with the passwords have been published, nor have we received any verified reports of unauthorized access to any member’s account as a result of this event."
For security purposes LinkedIn and other sources recommend that, if you have a LinkedIn account, you log into your LinkedIn account at http://www.linkedin.com/ and reset your password.
LinkedIn offers the following as password best practices which should be practiced throughout your internet usage:
- Make sure you update your password on LinkedIn (and any site that you visit on the Web) at least once every few months.
- Do not use the same password for multiple sites or accounts.
- Create a strong password for your account, one that includes letters, numbers, and other characters.
- Watch out for phishing emails and spam emails requesting personal or sensitive information.
Once you have had a chance to change your password, visit NATA Compliance Services on LinkedIn.