Tips to protect your account: Why you shouldn’t use your password across multiple sites

December 14, 2010

Many of you may have heard by now that a prominent blog had its commenting system hacked into and a large number of user names and passwords were exposed.

As we closely monitored the situation, we decided it was imperative to take preemptive action to help ensure that those leaked passwords were not being used to attack any LinkedIn members.

Here’s how we’ve taken steps to address this situation in the past 24 hours. We’ve identified a very small fraction of our members whose accounts could potentially be affected by the recent breach. If you were in the group of users who may have been at risk, you should have received an email with instructions to reset your password. Note, to make sure we have you covered, you will receive an email from us to each email you have on file. You only need to act on one of them.

Even if you weren’t affected, it is a good reminder to proactively manage your online accounts. The number one tip is to use a unique password for each site.  For additional tips check out my other post on security here.