The LinkedIn breach: Take action to limit any damage

LinkedIn’s recent security breach cased a bit stir, as these things tend to do.  It’s a very popular networking site and in simple terms the sheer volume of personal data accessible is enough to cause alarm bells.

Here’s what you need to do if you haven’t done so already and a few simple things to remember:

Change your LinkedIn Password IMMEDIATELY

Hover over your name in the top right of LinkedIn and a drop-down box will allow you to select “settings”.LinkedIn will ask for your password. Enter your current password to confirm you’re who you say you are (!!!) and then scroll down to the bottom.

Select Account and under “Email & Password” select “Change password”.

Don’t try to make your password too memorable.

It’s tempting but eventually will come back to haunt you in the next hacking. Make each password unique and if you want to make it memorable then use a combination of punctuation marks letters and numbers that can really only be memorable to you.

Do not use the same password on any site that you use on any other site

If you have a hotmail account or Google Mail account that uses the same password as your (now hacked) LinkedIn one, guess where the hackers are going to try and login to next…!  Change that one too.