Use Different Passwords for Different Sites

I woke up today to a couple of tweets from friends, “Did you get hacked?”.  Uh oh.  Not a good message to see first thing in the morning.

There were couple of tweets about Russian work-from-home sites from me.  Definitely not something I remembered tweeting.  I immediately logged on to Twitter and changed my password.

A little while later I became aware that over 6 million LinkedIn passwords had been exposed on a Russian hackers forum.  Then I remembered that my Twitter and LinkedIn passwords were the same, so I immediately changed my LinkedIn password … this time with something unique.  Embarrassingly, I had written about this a few months ago.  At the time I didn’t take either site too seriously, but I now see that this can hurt your online reputation.

I already use different passwords on my banking sites or any site that saves payment information – PayPal, eBay, Amazon. Tonight I am updating passwords on several other websites, just to be safe.

I don’t have proof that the LinkedIn hack was related to my problem with Twitter.  I’m just glad I noticed this before any serious damage was done.

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