By Kelly Monaghan
As you may know, LinkedIn has announced a major breach of its users’ passwords. Some 6.5 million passwords have apparently been compromised and posted on a notorious hacker site..
If you use LinkedIn to forge deeper relationships with BDMs and others in the supplier and distribution community (and if you don’t, it’s a step you might want to consider), you will be pleased to know that LinkedIn has taken steps to contain the damage. Nonetheless, you may want to take some action yourself.
If you haven’t logged in to LinkedIn a while, why not do so now. The simple act of attempting to log in may produce a message telling you that you must change your password. Simply click the link and create a new password and you’re done.
If you don’t get that message, your password may not have been compromised and you might be okay. But I would urge you to err on the side of caution and change your password anyway. Here’s how:
1. Once logged in, look for the “Settings” link in the drop down menu under your name. (Look in the upper right of the screen.)
2. Next, look for the “Password change” link. It should be right below your name and primary email address, on the left hand of the screen. Click on “change”.
3. Follow the directions in the op up box that appears, click the “Change password” box and you’re done.
Better safe than sorry.