LinkedIn User Accounts: Security Hindered Due To Cookies

Sony’s PlayStation Secure Network is now finally resuming, after hackers managed to tamper with its servers causing personal information such as credit card details to possibly fall into the wrong hands. Not only did it bring into question of how secure our information actually is, but what companies such as Sony can do in the future to avoid yet another security breach.

With many of you now trying to regain your trust in such a big company, yet another is in the news today, perhaps not on the same scale but a possible security breach nonetheless.

According to reuters.com, the problem lays with LinkedIn and its “cookies,” which in the long run were designed to cut out the time taken with users logging on again and again. In turn, this could now affect peoples accounts. The advice from Jamie Yap over at Zdnet.com is that users should take measures to protect themselves. This could include deleting cookies once you have finished your session and avoid any public access.

Unlike many other companies who may only have cookies for a very short amount of time, in fact just a matter of minutes, LinkedIn has or shall I say had their’s for a good 12 months, therefore giving possible temptation to hackers and so on. In news today, the cookie time-span has now been altered to 90 days.

The other worrying problem which many of us are blinkered to, is how our sign-in details are stored and how accessible they really are? Reuters.com have stated that a small collection of codes are used to keep personal information and users may not be aware, that anytime a public WiFi network for instance is used, details are in jeopardy.

What are your thoughts on this? Let us know.