After reading the advice from LinkedIn and other internet security experts, United Leeds Endeavours has put together a list of things to watch out for with your LinkedIn and email accounts:
1. If you receive and email from LinkedIn examine it carefully. Remember that the email itself might well look legitimate and in the style that you have seen before.
2. Check the email address, if it looks suspicious report it immediately.
3. The scam emails ask users to “confirm” their email address by clicking on a link. The link then takes users to another site.
4. People’s whose accounts have been affected will find their password no longer works. They will receive an email from LinkedIn on how to change the password. This will not have any links in it to click on! If your email does have links then it is a fake and you shouldn't click on them.
A representative for United Leeds Endeavours expressed his concern over the situation. “This hack is clearly very worrying for LinkedIn users. Whilst this time round the problem seems easy to fix, the fact that these sort of security breaches are able to happen is worrying. Social networking for businesses and the general public is incredibly important in this day and age, but users must be confident that they can use it without risk. As more and more of people’s personal information is on the internet more must be done to ensure that the information of social networkers is kept safe and secure from hackers.”
This evening reports have suggested that dating site eHarmony might also have been affected by the same hack. United Leeds Endeavours urges users to keep an eye on the news and take any preventative measures recommended by individual sites.
United Leeds Endeavours is a direct sales and marketing company with offices throughout the UK. For more information visit http://www.unitedleedsendeavours.com