Do you want to check if you’re one of the 6.5 million passwords that have been compromised by the recent LinkedIn leak? Well, a secure password checker has been released by LastPass to see if it was on the list.
Basically, you type in your LinkedIn password – or, if you have changed it after news broke, your old one. It will then encrypt it with the SHA-1 hash, and sends that hash and not your password to its servers to check it among the 6.5 million passwords. And if you’re ‘technically inclined’, they want you to view the source code.
Another developer has made another service which has also been popping up on the web. Chris Shiflett, a Brooklyn developer, found out his password was among the list and also found out it was cracked. He’s also made his own app for it called LeakedIn, which basically does the same thing – creates a hash of your password, sends the hash to its servers and does not save the passwords.
And if you’re one of the people who had their passwords leaked, make sure you change ALL your passwords – including Twitter, Facebook and your bank accounts. Especially those accounts that share that very same password.
If you’re not one of the people who had their passwords leaked, you might want to also change your password. Just in case.