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Change your LinkedIn password right now

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:17PM EST
LinkedIn Hacked 2016
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Remember when LinkedIn was hacked a few years ago and the company confirmed that login credentials and other data belonging to 6.5 million accounts were stolen? Well, it turns out that figure might have been a little low. OK it was very, very low — it looks like hackers managed to steal data from not 6.5 million, and not even 65 million, but just over 165 million accounts.

In other words, it’s time to change your LinkedIn password immediately.

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LeakedSoure updated an earlier report on Thursday night with the news that username and password data from a grand total of 167,370,910 accounts that have now been obtained by the site. Those credentials are actively being sold on the black market, which means that impacted users are at risk.

Wondering how to figure out if you’re one of the LinkedIn users impacted by this massive breach? Well, stop trying to figure it out and just change your password immediately. Seriously, change it right now.

It’s always a good idea to change your passwords regularly and to never, ever use the same password for two different accounts. And no, you shouldn’t paste all those different usernames and passwords into a plain text file so you can remember them. Instead, use a secure password manager that can sync your passwords across all devices and keep them safe but easily accessible. We highly recommend 1password.

Speaking of bad password practices, LeakedSource has published a table showing the most commonly used passwords on LinkedIn and it’s just as bad as you think it might be. The most commonly used password is “123456” — cringe — and it was found on 753,305 accounts. The second most common password was “linkedin” — cringe again — which was used on 172,523 different accounts, and then “password” — seriously, we give up — on 144,458 accounts.

Here’s a top-10 list for you:

Hopefully your password doesn’t appear on that list but either way, you would be wise to change your LinkedIn password immediately.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.

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