Having problems with LinkedIn? Has it asked you to change your password? There is a reason for this and LinkedIn has been spreading the word to their users and the world.
In 2012, a chunk of data was stolen from the LinkedIn Corporation servers and the fact that this happened wasn’t discovered for 4 years. On May 17th, 2016, some of this data that was stolen began to surface on the Internet.
Since this breach they have required accounts that were around prior to the breach to change their passwords. In some cases they are adamant that the password is changed in accounts that haven’t changed their passwords for a prolonged period of time. This is one of the many measures they are imposing in increasing their security on their site and servers.
Many secure website use an encrypted gateway. This can be seen in the url of the site. If it is unsecure the url starts with http, if it is secure it begins with https. This shows that there is security, but even this isn’t enough. The passwords have to be encrypted as well. LinkedIn uses a method that many sites use where the password is converted to a hash tag value. This is a superb way to encrypt as long as the hash tag values are not used in the rest of the site. LinkedIn is now using a custom hash tag value that is alien to the rest of the site. In simple terms, the passwords on the site are now better encrypted on LinkedIn than they are on most other secure sites and social medias.
They are adding other security protocols to their site to ensure that the chances of another breach in security will be much lower than it has been in the past. They do give two recommendations that people should do in ANY social media or social medium they are involved with.
The first is to change your password regularly. Ideally the password should be changed at the very least once every two months. Use passwords that you have never used before and try to use numbers and symbols in the passwords. A common method with this is to change certain letters to symbols on the keyboard or to numbers. Be sure that the passwords are ones you have written down and are not easily related to you that someone might be able to guess.
The second is to check their Safety Center. This is the most direct way that they can keep everyone in the loop with what is going on their site in terms of security and what they are putting into place to ensure that each user’s personal information is safe.