Protect Your UCD Account

Tue, 21 June 16


Protect Your UCD Account - Millions of LinkedIn Account Credentials Hacked – How To Make Sure They Don’t Get Yours

“dadada” this is not a typo. This is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest password (which was hacked in 2012) and along with over 164 million other LinkedIn passwords was recently put up for sale on the cyber black market. Clearly no one is infallible.

A number of UCD accounts have already been compromised due to the use of four year old LinkedIn passwords for UCD systems. If you received a message that your LinkedIn account was compromised IT Services advises you to change your UCD Connect password immediately. If you currently use the same password for your UCD Connect account and email as for LinkedIn or any other online account, please change this immediately.

This global security incident is something we can all learn from. Here are a few simple rules to follow when creating passwords:

  1. Only use your UCD email address and password for UCD supported systems and services. 
  2. IT Services recommends that you use separate email accounts and passwords for UCD systems, personal/social media websites (including LinkedIn) and household websites (electricity, gas, online shopping, etc.).
  3. Change your password at least every 12 months or whenever you suspect any suspicious account activity. Visit www.ucd.ie/password for details on how to change your password.
  4. Create a strong password with a minimum of 8 mixed case alphanumeric characters and include some symbols e.g. ( $ & £ ! / * ). Think Passphrase not Password!
  5. Check recent activity on your UCD email account by visiting https://security.google.com/settings/security/. Please note you will be prompted to login using UCD Connect credentials to view these details.
  6. Never share your password with anyone, even IT Services! IT Services will never ever ask for password via email or over the phone. You can confirm any communications that you receive from UCD IT Services by calling the IT Helpdesk at 2700.

Do not hesitate to contact the IT Helpdesk (Ithelpdesk@ucd.ie) if you need further advice or assistance.

Take our online 'phishing' challenge at: http://www.ucd.ie/itsecurity/training/phishing-quiz/

 

References:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3072143/security/a-hacker-is-selling-167-million-linkedin-user-records.html

http://thehackernews.com/2016/05/linkedin-account-hack.html