Protecting your privacy on social media
With news that an unidentified number of passwords from social media site LinkedIn have been leaked, there's no better time than now to update the privacy settings for your online accounts.
The rumours of the stolen passwords surfaced yesterday (June 6), after hackers allegedly posted a suspicious file on a forum and these were identified by computer security experts, according to a BBC report.
LinkedIn director Vicente Silveira responded to the allegations immediately by posting an advisory blog, Updating Your Password on LinkedIn and Other Account Security Best Practises.
However the social network did not confirm the rumours until yesterday afternoon, after it had carried out its own independent research.
"We want to provide you with an update on this morning's reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts," Mr Silveira wrote.
He then advised that those whose passwords were hacked would receive an official email from the LinkedIn customer support team.
Regardless of whether or not you were directly affected, you may want to use this opportunity to tighten the security of your online accounts. Making sure you have adequate protection on the internet may help you to safeguard some of your confidential original content and personal details.
Choose a good password
Always try and choose a strong password. Picking something easy to guess or using the same password for every account could put you at risk. It's best practise to use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols and to change it once every few months.
Always log out
Many people stay logged into their social network and email accounts when using their personal or work computer. While this may make for quicker access, it also means that anyone who uses your computer will be able to easily tap into your Facebook, Twitter, email and other webpages.
Be careful what you share
Last but definitely not least, be careful what you share. Try not to post any personal details, such as a cell phone number, your email or your physical address online. Remember that once something is on the internet, it is there forever – so don't reveal anything you would later want to remove.
Posted by Jess O'Connor