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More than 117 Million LinkedIn Accounts Possibly Affected

Today started like many days. While going through my "spam" email folder, I noticed an email from LinkedIn requesting that I change my password. Was the email legitimate, or spam? I wasn't sure, so I went to my LinkedIn page. There I learned that before I could get access, I needed to reset my password. I did a little more research on why I was asked to reset my password, and wow - I couldn't believe what I learned!

Passwords are at the core of all IT security. Be honest, are you good at managing your passwords? Do you change them often? Are they complex enough? Here's a challenging question - are you personal and business passwords the same? Why would that matter, you ask? 

According to a security blog on LinkedIn's website, more than 6.5 million users were asked to reset their passwords, stemming from a security breach that LinkedIn had in 2012. That was 4 years ago! Apparently, the bad guys waited awhile before putting more than 100 million LinkedIn passwords for sale online this last week. 

What is the value in a password? According to the Krebs Security Blog, our passwords say a lot about us and often are used in multiple sites. If they have your username, identity (a lot is in LinkedIn), and your password, there are probably a lot of places they could go. 
What Can We Learn About Passwords? 

So, what can we learn about passwords, how we use them, and what we can do to help make ourselves more secure? Here are some thoughts: 
  1. Do you use the same password for multiple sites or applications? Don't!
  2. How often do you change your passwords? Probably not frequently enough!
  3. Are you passwords complex? Make them more complex!
  4. What about your username? Is it the same on all sites or applications? Make it different if you can!
  5. Assume that all of your passwords can be (and might be) compromised frequently! You'll change them more often now, won't you. 

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