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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