Recently a Hacker listed up to 167 million LinkedIn passwords for sale:
LinkedIn suffered a data breach in 2012, with what was believed to be 6.5 million user account passwords posted online.
However, four years later, the cyber-attack has come back to haunt LinkedIn with hackers selling data belonging to 167 million users on the dark web.
What should you do:
- First, if you haven’t changed your password in a while, you should probably consider doing so now.
- Secondly, if the password you have been using with LinkedIn is the same password you use to login to other accounts such as your email account registered to LinkedIn (E.g. Yahoo Mail; Gmail), then it is recommend to consider changing them as well.
- Lastly, the most important thing to do is register for 2-step verification, which basically means you should turn on or enable multi-factor authentication for any site that provides it.
For LinkedIn – login, go to Privacy & Settings by clicking on your picture (icon) on top right of the screen, then Privacy, Security, then Two-step verification and register your phone number. Once enabled, this will send you a text-based token-code every-time you login, that will need to be entered as the 2nd-form of authentication following your username and password. Just follow the instructions and it will tell you what to do.