Chris' Corner: Time to Change Your Passwords

Time to Change Your Passwords

LinkedIn has confirmed that at least some passwords have been compromised in a major security breach.

For a detailed explanation of the breach, click on this PCWorld link

It might be wise to consider the proactive move of changing your passwords to your LinkedIN account.

I used the same password for my LinkedIN account, my Facebook account and a number of other accounts.  Though the report suggested that other information (such as e-mail address, name etc) was not breached, I chose to change all my passwords and have now selected different passwords for different applications.

If you have a LinkedIN account, and use the same e-mail address and password combination elsewhere, you might consider changing your passwords, just to be safe.

Chris Smith CSSBB
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Comment balloon 16 commentsChris Smith • June 07 2012 06:50AM

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Chris, this is important information.  Many people I know have a list of all their passwords! 

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 8 years ago

Sharon, many of us, me included, are very lax with our security and back-ups...

I do not want a unique password for every application.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris:  I had heard about the LinkedIn issue ... but had never considered that some might be using the same password on other social media sites.  You provided a wake-up "a-HAH" moment and real service for those in this predicament ..

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 8 years ago

It's very frustrating when a password gets hacked.  Changing it frequently (and remembering what you changed it to) seems to be the only way around hackers.

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas) almost 8 years ago
Gene, I do not use LinkedIN often, but my wife pointed out the possible ramifications. I thought it prudent to be cautious.
Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago
Lawrence, If someone really wants to infiltrate you, it is near impossible to stop them. All we can do is attempt to deter them.
Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Chris - You should also make sure that your passwords are STRONG passwords with a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (if allowed).

Posted by FN LN almost 8 years ago

Great information and advice Chris. Ours are all different but will go and change Linkedin anyway!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Marc, strong enough to be safe, easy enough to remember ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, How do you remember them all?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Valerie, that is what I did. And I had several...

simple ones for sites I was not concerned about,

and more complicated for sites which are more important to me...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Good advise Chris... and I am going to take it and start changing those passwords... Have a Happy Day

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) almost 8 years ago

Good advice, Chris.  I did change my password.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 8 years ago

Howdy and evening Chris

Chris my friend, I had not heard about that happening on LinkedIn, more than likely it has to do with the fact that I don't use LinkedIn. Folks sure does need to use a different password for each site they use, and to chang their passwords on a regular bases.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 8 years ago

I too am guilt of having the same password for a number of applications Chris, it's the only way I can remember anything. I'm going to have to change some and write them down in a book somewhere.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 8 years ago

Chris, I had not heard of this issue with LinkedIn.  Thank you for sharing.   Every site should have a different user name and password especially if you have a strong internet presence.  I have a spread sheet hanging in my office so I can keep track of all the different passwords.  How scary to think that someone may have the same password for facebook as their online banking.

Posted by Michael J. Gallo, Florida Luxury Realty - Gulf Home Sales Team (Florida Luxury Realty) almost 8 years ago

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