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Posted Jun 8th, 2012

LinkedIn, Last.fm, eHarmony Password Breaches Create Sense of Fear

Cloud security, cyber warfare, network vulnerability… These terms we have come to know very well in the past few years. With the recent LinkedIn hack event, it’s got many of us puzzled about the security of our information. Who (or what) can we trust?

Nearly 6.5 million LinkedIn member passwords were uncovered and posted to a Russian hacker forum earlier this week. According to an article by Reuters, at least two security experts who examined the LinkedIn files containing passwords said the company failed to use best practices for protecting the data. Following its wake, both eHarmony and Last.fm have confirmed that some million-something passwords had been breached. Poor practices by all companies have led to millions of customers with exposed personal information and a sense of fear when it comes to data security.

Here are some tips on how you can continue to keep your personal passwords and data safe:

  • Frequently update your passwords– bi-monthly is ideal.
  • Refrain from using the same password for multiple sites.
  • Choose a password that contains numbers, characters, and a combination of upper and lower-cased letters.
  • Many social sites (i.e. LinkedIn, Google, Facebook) allow you to log into other partner sites (i.e.Ebay classifieds, WordPress, ESPN, and CNN) using your social site credentials. Create separate log-ins and passwords for every site.

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