Creating secure Linkedin passwords
Having 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
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.
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
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!
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