How to Change Your LinkedIn Password

Change Your LinkedIn Password

Update or Change Your LinkedIn Password

Nothing on the Internet is totally secure. It’s best to be diligent and change your LinkedIn password from time to time.

The area to change your LinkedIn password is buried deep in their settings section– here are the instructions to find it:

Update or Change Your LinkedIn Password

Directions for Changing Your LinkedIn Password

Follow these simple directions to change your LinkedIn password.

1. You change your password from the Settings page. To get to the Settings page, simply hover your mouse over your tiny profile picture in the upper right-hand corner of the LinkedIn home page and click Settings & Privacy.

2. Within the Settings & Privacy page, scroll down to Change Password and click Change.

3. The Change Password area will expand to reveal more fields. Enter your current password and then enter your new password twice.

4. Click the Save button and you are set!

Choosing a Secure Password

Any password that could be found in a dictionary, such as tennis, IS NOT A SECURE password. You see, hackers run dictionary attacks by successively logging in using a word list derived from a dictionary.

Why would a hacker want to break into your LinkedIn account? Hackers love email addresses and your LinkedIn connections list is a treasure trove of email addresses they could use for SPAM.

What makes a password secure? Here are some items to include:

[box]Length. Make your passwords long with eight or more characters.

Complexity. Include letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers. Use the entire keyboard, not just the letters and characters you use or see most often. The greater the variety of characters in your password, the better. However, password hacking software automatically checks for common letter-to-symbol conversions, such as changing “and” to “&” or “to” to “2.”

Variation. To keep strong passwords effective, change them often. Set an automatic reminder for yourself to change your passwords on your email, banking, and credit card websites about every three months.[/box]

Choose a strong, secure password with upper and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation symbols. Change your password every few weeks.

If you have any questions or comments to this article, please leave me a comment below!

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4 Comments

  1. Donna,
    Nice work as always. i hope you are doing well. Quick question: i am thinking of upgrading to a pay version of Linked in in order to use it better. what levels are worth paying for?
    Thanks
    Mike

    1. Hey Mike! My favorite LinkedIn premium plan is their Personal Plus plan. It’s their cheapest plan and one they hide from everyone! Here are the step by step directions on how to upgrade to it: http://64.91.230.168/~linkedin/2011/07/19/linkedin-personal-plus-premium-account/

      Of course, before you jump on the Personal Plus plan, you need to ask yourself why you are upgrading. If you are using LinkedIn for sales or recruiting or finding a job, there are plans that are tailored exactly for those needs. If you merely want to use LinkedIn at a slightly higher level, see who’s viewed your profile, and get more search results… the Personal Plus plan should be perfect for you.

      Otherwise, check out their upgrade options… http://www.linkedin.com/mnyfe/subscriptionv2

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