If you are a LinkedIn user, it is highly recommended for you to change your password due to the previous password storage security. Whether your LinkedIn password is stolen or compromised or not, it is not important because the previous method of storing the password in the database is not very secure.
I’m not saying that it is so insecure up to the level where they are storing plain text in the database. The password stored is indeed hashed or encrypted but there isn’t a random salt in the encryption which is very easy to crack with some dictionary attack.
LinkedIn had already sent an email to all the users who are compromised but having not receive this email does not mean that you are completely safe. That is why I here urged everyone to change a strong password for you LinkedIn account.
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It is also important that from this day onward, you will have a unique and strong password for each online account. It is very difficult to memorize all the password and that is why I always recommend to use a password manager to do this job.
There is also a reminder here where the email that LinkedIn sent to you does not consist any link or URL. If you happen to receive an email that has a link or URL, be sure you investigate first whether it is a phishing email or not.
Password, email accounts or in short, user credentials is very valuable. If you are concern about your social network security, it is highly advisable for you to follow all these security news closely.
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