LinkedIn Password Check

Posted on June 7, 2012

Just a few hours after posting our article on how to use LinkedIn, news breaks on a security breach from a Russian hacker stealing roughly 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords. This brings us to our next point on using LinkedIn: Make sure that you can use it.

To ease minds, initial reports seem to indicate that the usernames that accompany the stolen passwords were not captured, but assuredly, hackers are attempting to reverse-engineer the information to break into accounts.

Long story short, now is the time to change your LinkedIn password and your friends at Clay Pot Creative are here to help provide some guidance.

Our friends at LastPass have a free tool that allows you to input your LinkedIn password to see if it was one of the compromised 6.5 million passwords. Just to ease your understandable skepticism of an online password checking service, LastPass doesn't store submitted passwords and you do not need to provide your username or any other identifiable information.

Even if LastPass gives you the green light and says that your password wasn't one of the 6.5 million stolen, we do suggest that you change your LinkedIn password. The LinkedIn hackers may have only revealed a portion of the stolen passwords, so seeing that your password isn't one of the 6.5 million isn't enough to go back to the status quo. If you wish to be thorough, changing the passwords of other accounts you have that have the same password would also be a good idea.

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