The OTHER Reason To Change Your LinkedIn Password

As Mashable reported earlier today, “It’s not a good day for LinkedIn. After reports that its iOS app potentially violates user privacy by sending detailed calendar entries to its servers, comes a report that 6.46 million encrypted LinkedIn passwords have leaked online. A Russian forum user claims he has hacked LinkedIn, uploading 6,458,020 encrypted passwords (without usernames) as proof.”

There’s another reason you should change your LinkedIn password regularly, if not right now. Many LinkedIn users log in to their accounts via work computers; such computers are notorious for having keylogging software, monitoring/screenshot programs, and other capabilities embedded by the employer to keep workers “productive” (but, mainly, to spy on you).

As such, you should routinely change your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter passwords if you access those accounts from work — unless you want to risk your company’s IT department perusing through your account without your permission.

Also, consider enabling “two-step verification” for your Gmail account. This way, even if someone keylogs your password, they won’t be able to access your email unless they also have physical access to your mobile phone (two-step verification requires entering a six-digit code which is texted to you each time you attempt to login from a new connection).

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