“LeakedIn” – Over 100 million LinkedIn account details leaked

It has been widely reported that account details of over 100 million LinkedIn members have recently surfaced online, dating back to a well publicised breach back in June 2012.

If you want to find out if your password was included in this leak, and other major leaks, you can use the popular Haveibeenpwned site, run by well-known software architect and Microsoft MVP Troy Hunt – which lets you check if your username or email address have appeared in any data breaches.

Of course it’s important that if your details are stolen and posted online that you change your password – not just on the affected site, but also any other online accounts where you used that same password. As hard as it can be to memorise them all, it’s best practice to use a different password for each online account for this very reason.

Do ensure you set a strong password that cannot be easily cracked. Analysis of the LinkedIn leak show that millions of users are still using extremely basic passwords. Here’s the top 5:

  1. 123456
  2. linkedin
  3. password
  4. 123456789
  5. 12345678

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