Just this week alone, millions of LinkedIn passwords have been compromised along with 1.5 million eHarmony passwords and passwords from Last.fm. Was yours? Based on these recent events and ongoing learnings from the world of online and social media, I am sharing some suggestions on must do’s right now and some other tips to help protect you and your information online from my point of view and workings in social media/online.
The world of online connections and social media is a wonderful expanse of fast-paced information exchange and on the fly collaboration with both well-known colleagues and new connections alike. In addition to that, being able to conduct business in an online, electronic world through online banking, stock trading, and more brings great convenience to people everywhere, unleashing a new power to get things done from anywhere. But you know the famous quote about power, “With great power comes great responsibility.” In the world of online and social media, this principle holds true as well.
First, let’s start with the events of this week. It has been confirmed that millions of passwords from LinkedIn, plus 1.5 million from eHarmony, and passwords from Last.fm have been compromised. Not only that, but the hacker that has them is actively trying to recruit help in cracking them. What should you do if have an account on one of those sites? Change your password now. Go directly to the site itself (LinkedIn, eHarmony, or Last.fm) and go into your account settings and update your passwords. Whether your account has been breached or not, it cannot hurt to change your password (you should be updating them from time to time anyway), but it sure can hurt if yours has been compromised and you don’t change it!
Next, here are some other things to keep in mind and tips to help protect yourself and your information online:
The list above is nowhere near exhaustive and is just a few tips I am sharing with you from my perspective. If you have others to share, please feel free to leave comments on this post below as I’d love to have them shared (be sure to check out the other posts I referenced above for some additional resources and info on this topic). Here are also a couple of other posts I have shared in the past with information and resources for you on this topic:
As someone who loves the power of social media and online connections, I believe it empowers people to connect in so many ways they never were able before; however, at the same time, you just need to keep in mind what it is you are exposing and with whom you are exposing it when you get started in and participate in online and social media connections. Happy networking and I’ll see you online!
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Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER, LinkedIn, and RSS and see “What I’m thinking” Director, Worldwide Partner Experience Microsoft Corporation This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
I have received an e-mail from LinkedIn asking me to change my password ( this morning for me , for Seattle, the last night ).And it is not evident to change it. I hope that with a password ( length 11 ) and only 3 letters/digits, it will be protected in a good way.
I have appreciated your 9 rules, as it is the 1st time that i can find them in an unique little article which is easy to understand ( my understanding of english is far to be perfect and my written english is usually painful to understand )
A last remark : thanks, it was really useful...