Social Media Updates: LinkedIn Implements Stronger Security Measures After Recent Effects of 2012 Breach


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Here at Adventure Web, we work hard to keep all social media login information as secure as possible. When working with social media platforms experiencing a security breach, we strive to research, understand, and inform all our clients of specifics, updates and added security measures these companies are taking to keep your information safe. Unfortunately, LinkedIn experienced a notable breach in 2012 and has recently uncovered data connected to this unfortunate event. Last week, more email and password combinations were leaked, however, the social media site is working hard to keep all user information secure. We try to provide you with news on social media updates as often as possible. In this week’s blog, we’ll cover the leftover effects of the 2012 LinkedIn breach and the security measures the site is taking to keep all members safe. 


Social Media Updates on The Security Breach


In terms of social media updates on LinkedIn, in 2012, the professional networking social media site fell victim to an unauthorized access and disclosure of member’s passwords. To combat the security breach, LinkedIn prompted all members to change their password immediately. On May 18th, 2016, the site became aware of an additional email and password combinations of more than 100 million users. This is likely leftover from the same 2012 breach that LinkedIn has recently become aware of. The site is taking extreme measures to protect their users. Member password resets are being sent to all users once more, and the site management itself is working hard to ensure the safety and security of all member information.


How is LinkedIn Working to Improve Security?


With confidence, LinkedIn ensures that this ‘breach’ is in no way connected to a new security breach. It is strongly affirmed that the leaked emails and passwords are directly leftover from the 2012 breach. There is no new source from which the hacked accounts are originating. Even, so LinkedIn is taking precautionary measures to improve security even more. All new passwords are now ‘hashed and salted.’ A salt is random data that is used as an additional input to a function that hashes a password. Hashing refers to the conversion of data (such as a password) to fixed-length strings of characters called fingerprints. Salting will randomize hashes, which means it is much more difficult to crack the password fingerprint. LinkedIn’s hashing and salting of all passwords in their system is an extremely secure measure to keep another breach from occurring. You can rest easy knowing that further breaching is likely never to occur. Because of these advanced password security tactics, unauthorized access to your profile is guaranteed not to happen.


What Can You Do To Further Ensure the Safety of Your Account


We can give you all the best social media updates out there, but you can always to more to keep your accounts safe. Changing your password on any social media site, email account, or admin platform will only help keep all information associated with your account secure. Especially if LinkedIn is imploring new hashing and salting tactics to combat further security breaching, the changing of your LinkedIn password with updated randomization and thus added protection will only do you a favor. The passwords associated with all major accounts should, at least, be changed every six months. You’re only helping yourself by maintaining your network’s defenses.


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