Creating secure Linkedin passwords

How to backup a Linkedin ProfileHaving a secure Linkedin password is imperative.  I access Linkedin on an almost daily basis so I can update and optimise clients’ Linkedin profiles. With clients granting me direct access to their Linkedin accounts, I have seen all sorts of Linkedin password combinations; some good ones and some very bad ones.

Whilst you may not think your Linkedin profile is compromised or that it could be hacked, it is more than possible that the badies out there will give it a good go given half the chance.  Your contact and email lists alone hold valuable information for them, for SPAM purposes if nothing else, so you need to make sure your Linkedin profile is as secure as possible.

Things to consider to create a secure Linkedin password

secure Linkedin password | Learn how to create a secure Linkedin passwordLength – Make your password as long as possible, with eight or more characters.

Complexity – Make your Linkedin password hard to crack.  Do this by including letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers. Use the entire keyboard, not just the letters and characters you use or see most often. The greater the variety of characters in your password, the better.

Dictionary – Avoid words you would find in a dictionary, particularly short or common words.  The clever hacker bods can run dictionary attacks and easily weedle their way in to your Linkedin profile.

Updating – To ensure you have a secure Linkedin password that remains effective, change it often. It’s a good idea to set an automatic reminder for yourself to change your passwords on your email, banking, and credit card websites about every three months.  If you struggle to remember passwords, there are some great programs out there which can securely store passwords for you.

 How to create a secure Linkedin password

> Think of a favourite quote or line from a song, or something along those lines, which is at least 8 words long

e.g. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ? Winston S. Churchill

> Take the first letter of each word, vary with upper and lower case letters, and symbols

e.g  $inFf!nF:iItC2Ctc

That’s it, you’ve created a secure Linked password.

 The worst passwords of 2014

According to Splashdata, these are the worst passwords of 2014.  If your Linkedin password is on this list, change it immediately!

1) 123456
2) password
3) 12345
4) 12345678
5) qwerty
6) 1234567890
7) 1234
8) baseball
9) dragon
10) football
11) 1234567
12) monkey
13) letmein
14) abc123
15) 111111
16) mustang
17) access
18) shadow
19) master
20) michael
21) superman
22) 696969
23) 123123
24) batman
25) trustno1


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