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Are you one among the 6.5 million LinkedIn users who were compromised on Wednesday? LastPass, the password management company has launched a secure tool to check if your password is hacked. A Russian hacker claimed that he has stolen about 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords. He added that he has posted them online to prove his effort.
Shockingly, the other news claimed that the iOS app of LinkedIn violates the user privacy by sending the detailed calendar entries to the servers of the network. LinkedIn has confirmed that some of the passwords have been compromised. The network has also contacted the affected users. Check how to change your LinkedIn password.
It is recommended that all the LinkedIn users change their passwords irrespective of whether their password is stolen or not. If you are a cynical user of the internet, you will be more concerned about your security and privacy. You will be asking yourself whether your password will be kept private. The people at LastPass ensure that their tool is safe and does not save the passwords.
After you type in the password of your LinkedIn account on the LastPass tool, the service will perform the hashing algorithm and send the result to LastPass.com. It will the search the list of the hacked 6.5 million password.
If a match is found, then you will get the message that the password is hacked. So all that is passed on to LastPass.com is the hash and not the password. These hashes are also not stored on the servers. The process will just check and then delete them.