Are you worried that this weeks leak of LinkedIn/ will compromise your employees' passwords?


Whenever I learn about another password hack, I just send out my stock "password hack" email. Essentially, it says, "Hey, I know none of you little angels would use your work account passwords for personal stuff, but...." So that went out Monday for LinkedIn, Wednesday for eHarmony, then again today for I limit it to major breaches, but all three of this weeks were what I would consider major. I am certain that some people use the same password for everything. So it doesn't take long for me to start thinking of someone looking at a LinkedIn account, seeing that John Doe works at Acme Corp, then using John's password to access his corporate email, etc. Maybe I'm overly cautious, I don't know. How much of an issue do you think this is?

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Better safe than sorry.  Without a doubt, unless you are at a very small company, there are people that are using the same ID and password across multiple sites and your network if username/password restrictions don't prevent it.  I'm sure a lot of passwords that are being used, assuming you didn't assign them, are the same absurdly weak choices that you see again and again: qwerty, password, 12345asdf, john316, etc.  Anytime you can use self-interest about things employees care about (oh, noes, my eHarmony account!!!!) to reenforce the importance of basic security practices, you might as well take advantage of it.  

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Just make sure they all change their passwords, and it probably won't be a problem. It's also a good idea to include information on how to set up strong passwords. Many people are utterly clueless about how easy it is for common passwords to make accounts vulnerable.

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