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Do You Use LinkedIn? Then Change Your Password Today

LinkedIn logoA list of 6.5 million stolen encrypted passwords has been posted on the Internet. LinkedIn has confirmed that some of those passwords belong to its members. LinkedIn has disabled the passwords on the compromised accounts and will send emails to those members with instructions for resetting their passwords. The emails will not contain any links.

As a precaution, even if your password wasn't compromised, you should still change your password. If you use the same passwords on other sites, change them too.

LinkedIn is keeping members updated through their blog. These entries provide more information:

Good password security practices include:

  • Change your passwords frequently.
  • Use a unique password for each site that requires you to login.
  • Passwords should contain a combination of numbers, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols, and spaces. But not all sites will accept symbols in passwords.
  • Longer passwords are better than shorter passwords.
  • Check the strength of your passwords, by using a checker such as How Secure is My Password?.
  • Use a password generator. They are available as browser plug-ins, websites, and standalone programs and apps.

The guide to password security (and why you should care) from CNET provides more tips on creating and managing your passwords