What to do When your Password is Leaked


We recently shared with you a post on how to choose a strong password; in light of recent breaches making the news, we want to address the importance of changing your passwords. 

As you are likely well aware, both LinkedIn and eHarmony have suffered breaches of customer passwords. LinkedIn breached more than 6 million passwords of its 160 million users and eHarmony breached around 1.5 million passwords. Few details of the attacks are known, but it is a good opportunity now to reconsider your password security.

LinkedIn has emailed affected users asking them to reset passwords – that said, phishers may also be using the same tactic to get you to a fake LinkedIn site. With that in mind, we recommend going directly to LinkedIn and eHarmony to change your passwords. If you use those same passwords at any other website, those passwords should also be changed. 

As we stated in our earlier post, individual passwords need to be strong but also unique. If you share a password for multiple accounts or applications, you put all of those other accounts at risk in the even that your password is breached.

For the maximum in password security, use a program like 1Password to create a master password and unique, strong passwords for all your applications and accounts.

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