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LinkedIn Hack: Why Breach Is A Wake-Up Call For Users
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User Rank: Moderator
5/20/2016 | 10:26:07 AM
Web Site ID/pwd mangement
"...multiple email addresses for user -- three at a minimum"

This is something I identify with.  I currently keep about 10 email accounts active for various uses.  I even have a junk email account I rarely check for the web sites that must know my email and which I would only visit this one time.

The advice of telling users to keep different passwords for different web sites is simply lousy.  Between my various accounts, I have around 500 web sites that want an ID/password.  There is no way I would remember all of them, nor would I care if most of them were hacked.  The password manager I do use to keep track of more important ID/passwords does not interface with browsers.  The idea of allowing an all-important master password running around the net encrypted or otherwise doesn't sit well with me.

I also have profound disappointments of how OpenID technology turned out.  OpenID is integrated into most services like Yahoo, Google or Facebook.  There are no more independent companies that could just be the arbiters for the ID/profile information without ceding data access control to the likes of Facebook, Google, or LinkedIn as the web site in question.  Until there are platforms for consumers/ internet users to become the guardians of their data, we will continue to have this hodgepodge of user data/password security problem.

User Rank: Ninja
5/19/2016 | 10:30:36 PM
Not sure about anyone else, but this "latest" breach just annoys me. One, because I am an avid LinkedIn user. But two, because it is not new. It's an old breach, and the fact that it's making news years later because no one realized the scope of it seems negligent at best on the part of LinkedIn. At a certain point, should companies be punished for this sort of stuff?
User Rank: Strategist
5/19/2016 | 5:48:59 PM
Don't forget it
That's a good proof no website is sheltered from hackers so the only solution is to chose single and different passwords on each website you register. Or not only you'll lose the hacked account but you'll also get all your other accounts stolen as well. Internet is real life, thanks for this article to remind us in details even famous websites are not safes.

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