LinkedIn: 500 Million User Data Breach
In the latest LinkedIn data breach coming right on the heels of the recent 214 million users of Facebook/Instagram data breach, comes an even larger issue for LinkedIn users with data having been scraped from 500 million user accounts found for sale on the internet.
The breach was reported by the CyberNews team, reporting that the leak was posted on a well-known hacker forum asking for a minimum 4-digit $$$$ price to get access to the full database of stolen info.
The CyberNews team was able to verify data in the “sample” file that was offered was legitimate but it was unclear if the data had been aggregated from previous breaches of LinkedIn and other companies.
What Does This Mean for You?
Well, your ID, name, email address, and other personal and business information could be used to launch attacks on you, your business, your LinkedIn account, and your contacts.
What Should You Do RIGHT NOW to Protect Your LinkedIn Accounts & Data?
The very first thing is to change your passwords! For many of us, that means we have to first remember the steps required on each platform to change our passwords.
Here’s a handy Step-by-Step PDF that you can download (no email required) print it out, share it and encourage friends, family and colleagues to follow the steps to update your LinkedIn passwords right now!
The process will be similar on other platforms.
More Password Resources:
How to Choose STRONG Passwords – That are HARD for others to break, but still EASY for YOU to REMEMBER.
Password Manager – Why You Absolutely Need One! Watch the video.
How to Clear Passwords from Your Browser & Why You Should!
If you find this helpful please print it out, share it and encourage your colleagues, friends, family to update their LinkedIn (and other) passwords right now!