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By now I am sure you are aware that LinkedIn was hacked in the past couple of years. Your big question is, like most things in life; “how does it affect me”? Your next one is; “what can I do”? 6.5 million passwords were stolen and posted on the internet by the hacker who stole them so that other hacker buddies could help him figure them out, or crack them. 165,000 were cracked.

A company called Rapid7 who are security experts analyzed the final cracked ones and deduced which passwords were used most often. The case in point: Don’t use common or simplistic passwords. The most common one used was link, and others were job, work, face, 1234 in addition to curse words.

What Can I Do?

Here is a list of some suggestions for setting your new passwords.

1-Change them on all of your online accounts, as if they got the first one from LinkedIn, you were more than likely using the same password on other sites.

2-Stay away from passwords related to the website such as “link” for LinkedIn.

3-Do not use simplistic ones, such as “work” or “job”.

4-Do not use straight numbers.

5-Do not create passwords about someone familiar to you or about yourself. If someone knows you or researches you, you are giving them “password hints”.

6-Do not use the same password for every site you utilize. Simplistic sites, that if hacked and cannot come back to bite you it is OK to use something simpler, but for your bank account or others like it, make it complex and mix and match numbers, letters, caps, lowercase and upper numerical keys such as @#$% for your important accounts.

7-Do not use common words spelled backwards, abbreviations or common misspellings

8-Never use personal information such as your birthday or drivers license.

9-If you use many passwords, companies like Keepass can encrypt and store them for you:

10-Check your password to see if it is strong, using Microsoft:

11-Don’t store your important passwords on your computer. I keep mine on a separate, and non computer connected USB drive along with a print out. If you are ever personally hacked, your keystrokes can become visible.

12-Change your passwords regularly and do so about every three months.

Stay safe, change your passwords I hope you have found this information helpful as that was my intention.

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