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Alleged LinkedIn hack highlights importance of password protection

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Sean O'Malley  

Earlier today, Internet security firm Sophos released a news item about a possible LinkedIn hack that may have exposed as many as 6 million LinkedIn user passwords.  

Anyone with a LinkedIn profile should change their password as soon as possible. Individuals who were using their OHIO password for their LinkedIn profile should change their OHIO password, too.

According to Matthew Dalton, OIT Director of Information Security, OIT recommends against using OHIO passwords for third party online services. "If you use your OHIO e-mail address and password to create an account elsewhere," Dalton says, "your OHIO account will be at risk if that company's records end up compromised." 

Individuals are encouraged to report any suspicious online activity to security@ohio.edu or 740-566-SAFE.

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