Security leaks from what should be confidential databases are becoming all too common..I have had credit cards changed by the bank twice in the past year because of security breaches. But the recent leak from LinkedIn of 6.5 million passwords is much scarier because of the way most of us treat passwords..by using the same one over and over..s a leak like this one potentially gives the bad guys free access to many of out most confidential sites. If you have a LinkedIn account the first thing you should do is change your password..The best place to do this is on the LinkedIn website. You may also wish to check the blog for details on the leak and what LinkedIn is doing about it.
You can get to your password settings by logging into your account and finding the settings page. When you get there, click on the “Change” link next to Password. Choose a good, unique password and therein lies the rub..how do we pick different passwords that we can remember for a myriad of sites we may visit. Some suggest using pass phrases instead of passwords..such as”MydogHarryis9″, something you can easily remember but ends up being too complicated for casual hackers to compromise. The other option is to use a different secure password for every situation. But who can remember w2&#sdt+389q@45..let alone dozens more like it. The answer is a password manager.
My first choice is actually free. Keepass will create and manage all your passwords across a multitude of platforms..versions are available for Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS to mention a few. Keepass is fairly simple to learn and requires you to remember only one master password. A web search will turn up quite a few other apps that do the job..some free, some not..so, take a look at what is available and pick one that meets your needs.
By the way, if you are curious whether your password was among those published you can check with this tool which by the way is sponsored by Last Pass another full featured password manager which works well but you will need to buy the pro version to get some important features.
I think we can safely say the age of password innocence is behind us and we have to start taking them seriously. What do you think? Feel free to share the methods you use to protect your passwords.