What Should I Do If My LinkedIn Was Hacked?
LinkedIn is known as the professional’s social media. You won’t find a bunch of selfies, trash talk, or videos of kittens chasing yarn on LinkedIn, but you’ll find a professional community for networking, sharing information, and exploring possibilities. Despite (and possibly because of) LinkedIn’s sterling reputation, this popular job outlet is not impervious to hacking attempts either. In fact, at the beginning of 2015, LinkedIn was used to perpetrate an ugly phishing scam, and more recently more than 117 million passwords were pilfered from their database.
When online giants like Mark Zuckerberg get their social media accounts hacked, the world feels like a pretty unsafe place! Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to both protect and regain control of your online security. If you think your LinkedIn account has been compromised, get on it right away with these easy steps. Then follow the security measures listed below to keep a solid hold on your privacy online.
What to Do if Your LinkedIn Was Compromised
Step One: Check Your Email Account
Your email account is really the Fort Knox for hackers. If they can control your email account, then it means they can more easily access every other account you own. This is the first place you should check if you suspect something fishy.
Before you do anything else, clean out your email of compromising information. Tools like these will scan your account, get rid of sensitive information being stored there, and even warn you if anything strange is going on. LogDog ensures that your accounts aren’t vulnerable to security breaches.
Step Two: Change Your Password
If someone has hacked into your account, that means they have your password. Immediately change this so you can regain control. You can do this on LinkedIn via the Privacy & Settings section of your Account Settings. Just run your mouse over your profile to find this menu. You’ll hit Change next to Password, and this time, use a hack-proof password. Nothing obvious, and if you can throw in some numbers, uppercase letters, and special characters, it’s all the better.
Step Three: Turn on Two-Step Verification
Two-step verification is the smartest way to keep hackers at bay. With two-step verification, LinkedIn will send a verification code straight to your phone whenever anyone attempts to log into your account from a new device. Without your smartphone, nobody is getting into your account.
Go to the Account tab under your profile, and click on Manage security settings. Turn on two-step verification, enter your mobile number, and verify the process.
Step Four: Secure your other accounts.
Hackers don’t generally stop with one account. They like to make it a full job of destroying your life, so checking all of your online accounts is the next step. The worst part about this hack is that often people have been infiltrated and they don’t even know it! Go through your accounts, change passwords, and never share passwords across accounts.
Step Five: Get antivirus protection
An antivirus is like putting a guard dog at your home’s front door. Because hackers love to slip viruses onto your computer that they then use to collect all your sensitive data, an antivirus is a must have for any device. If you don’t have one already, read up on how to choose the best antivirus software. Once you have it installed, run the antivirus to find anything suspicious that might be floating around your machine.
Finally, it can’t be stressed enough how important safe browsing is. LinkedIn actually makes this even easier than most online services by giving you a Secure Connection browsing option. This option encrypts all your information, so no one can read or understand what you write or send. Under your Manage security settings tab, check the Secure connection option to enable it.
If you can’t access your account, then someone has probably changed your password. You can recover your LinkedIn password here, but check your email access first. If the hackers have taken over that account as well, you won’t be able to check the recovery email LinkedIn sends you anyway. If that’s the case, you’ll need to recover your Gmail account first.
Get Smart, Be Safe
Now that you know how dangerous online hacking is, it’s time to take control. Here’s what to do:
Last be not least, use LogDog to secure your email, social media, and other online accounts. You’re on your way to safe browsing…for LinkedIn and all of your online accounts!