A month or two back you might recall hearing on the news something about LinkedIn being hacked. Following that story, you might even remember hearing that the information stolen was login information; both username, which is often your email address, and password.
“I never use LinkedIn. I set it up a while ago but haven’t logged in, like, a year?” Does that sound familiar?
Now you may think that you do not need to worry about your login because you never use the account. You could not be further from the truth. I want you to step back a moment and think. How many times a day do you have to log into something while on the computer? One time? Ten?
How many of those accounts share login information? Amazon… email… Google+… eBay… your bank? Maybe you weren’t as clever as you thought when you made one password to log in to every account.
Today on the news, there was an announcement that Twitter had been hacked this week. Supposedly, more than 32 million login credentials are being sold on the dark web. At this point, Twitter maintains that they have not had a breach to their system.
What do I think?
If you use LinkedIn, I suggest that you go right now and change every login you have that uses the same email, user name, and password in any combination that you used when setting up your account. Also, use your best judgment about the Twitter hack. While I may believe that they are telling the truth about their system not being breached, I personally am changing the passwords for my clients and myself.
The other suggestion I have, the most important suggestion I have, is to use a second password for the important sites such as banking and other bills. If your social media is hacked, your money should be safe. Also, for your email account, the one that all of these sub accounts refer back to when contacting you, make that login completely unique of everything else.
In addition, don’t feel bad for trying to go easy on your memory when it comes to passwords. Even Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg’s personal accounts have been hacked. I hear his favorite password was “dadada.” Cute.