‘Change your LinkedIn password and activate two-factor authentication’


Security company Kaspersky strongly advises everyone to change the password for their LinkedIn account and, if you haven’t already done so, activate two-factor authentication (2FA).

Kaspersky posted the security advise yesterday on their blog after a hacker advertised with 117 million logins and passwords. The data was stolen years ago, in 2012. The number on offer is much larger than previously thought.

Kaspersky’s tips you can do, right now, to ensure that your LinkedIn account is kept safe:

  1. Change your password. RIGHT NOW. If you’re not sure how strong your password is, test sample passwords with our password checker here.
  2. Enable two-factor authentication. This sends a One Time Password via sms and therefore creates an extra layer of security. Learn how to do this here.
  3. If you were using the same password on different accounts (email, social networks, etc) change it everywhere ASAP to ensure that hackers can’t log into your other accounts. And use different passwords from now on — reusing the same password is dangerous.
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