LinkedIn Passwords Compromised — What You Should Do NOW


In case you haven’t heard, the LinkedIn password database was compromised by Russian hackers yesterday. If your password was one of the 60% of passwords stolen, you will receive a message alerting you to change it from LinkedIn Customer Service.

Since The Spaatz Association uses LinkedIn extensively for member-to-member communication, we highly suggest you reset your LinkedIn password TODAY even if you aren’t notified by LinkedIn Customer Service.

To do this…

  1. Log into your LinkedIn account.
  2. Click the dropdown menu with your name in the upper right side of the screen.
  3. Pick “Settings” from the dropdown menu
  4. Click “Change Password”

When you change your password…

  • Use a unique password that you do not use for any other sites.
  • Use a complex password for all web- and social-media sites you use that includes:
    • Upper- and lowercase letters;
    • Numeric characters (e.g., 0 – 9);
    • Special characters (e.g., !, @, #, $, %).
  • Also change any passwords that are similar to your former LinkedIn password.

More information? Go here:

LinkedIn Member Passwords Compromised

Updating Your Password on LinkedIn and Other Account Security Best Practices

Thanks to Larry Trick (#452) for tipping us off to this potential problem!


Mike Hower
Board Member and Website Program Manager
The Spaatz Association

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