Sunday, 22 May 2016

Security Breach: LinkedIn Advises Users to Change Their Passwords

Online professional platform, LinkedIn, has called on its users to change their passwords after reports emerged that the login details stolen in 2012 was for over 100 million users instead of 6.5 million as earlier thought.

The hacker has now surfaced online, looking to sell the information for $2,200 on the black market.

"In 2012, LinkedIn was the victim of an unauthorized access and disclosure of some members' passwords. At the time, our immediate response included a mandatory password reset for all accounts we believed were compromised as a result of the unauthorized disclosure. Additionally, we advised all members of LinkedIn to change their passwords as a matter of best practice," LinkedIn said in a blog post.

"Yesterday, we became aware of an additional set of data that had just been released that claims to be email and hashed password combinations of more than 100 million LinkedIn members from that same theft in 2012. We are taking immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted, and we will contact those members to reset their passwords. We have no indication that this is as a result of a new security breach," the firm added.

LinkedIn said it has begun to invalidate passwords for all accounts created prior to the 2012 breach that haven’t updated their password since that breach.

"We will be letting individual members know if they need to reset their password," the firm added.

Users risk having their identities stolen if they fail to change their password.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

LinkedIn Mobile Apps: Download & enhance your LinkedIn user experience

LinkedIn Mobile Apps: Download & enhance your LinkedIn user experience – Here are lists of mobile apps you can download and step up your LinkedIn user experience. I have outlined all the apps below. You may have downloaded some of this LinkedIn application. But believe me, there are some you don’t even know that they exist. 

Once you download these LinkedIn apps listed below, you will enhance your use of LinkedIn and share stuffs faster with friends, co-worker and family. Take your job search to the next level. Download any of the below under listed apps and secure a meaningful job fast via

1. LinkedIn Mobile

2. LinkedIn Job Search
3. LinkedIn Lookup
5. LinkedIn SlideShare
6. LinkedIn Groups
7. LinkedIn Pulse
8. Linkedin Recruiter
9. LinkedIn Sales Navigator
10. LinkedIn Elevate

The above listed apps are the topmost used apps from LinkedIn Inc. I will give you brief explaining on each of the app. You will learn how you can use all the listed apps to step up your game on LinkedIn. If you haven’t gotten a LinkedIn account,, kindly use sign up today and join millions. 

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1. LinkedIn Mobile – These apps will help you get detailed information about your network latest happening. With the help of LinkedIn mobile app, you will always stay connect with friends and co-workers on a network. 

2. LinkedIn Job Search – With this app, you will say goodbye to stressful job search. Job search app from LinkedIn will help you get the right job faster.  Just search for the type of job you need and find it on the go. No more walking and looking for job street by street just sign in to LinkedIn and utilize this job application. Download and fell the ease of life. 

3. LinkedIn Lookup - This application is used to find people on linkedin. Use this app and find people that have the same profession with you. Go professional now with LinkedIn lookup application. You can find people, network and so many other things on LinkedIn using this app/tool.

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4. – This is the official learning center of LinkedIn, you can learn tips on how to improve your career life on the go. Also materials for learning can be view while in offline mode. Just join today and start leaning and improving via the entire expert-lead course online.

5. LinkedIn SlideShare – Now you can view the world most astonishing presentation via linkedin slide share app. This tool will enable you read works from top professional on LinkedIn, you will learn from their video and info graphics. 

6. LinkedIn Groups – Here is the right place to meet people with same interest. Just like facebook group where you can meet people that are motivated by same thing, you can still connect using LinkedIn. LinkedIn groups is so amazing, your professional lifestyle will never remain the same when you join any LinkedIn group. 

7. LinkedIn Pulse – You will get latest breaking news with this app. Industry news are shared on LinkedIn pulse, sign in now and see the trending news. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Kathleen Wills accused of 'misleading' on Linkedin she's a popular health guru

News reaching us now is that a Health experts who uses LinkedIn for her business has been accused by some LinkedIn users.  She was accused of making a statement which was described as misleading. She is an expert in naturally health. One of the top reasons for the accusations is that some people say that she is a self-professed health expert.

The LinkedIn milestone you need to reach

Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Is it complete, with a photograph, and 500-plus connections?

If not, you are at risk of losing out on a wealth of networking and professional opportunities.

The only people who are using LinkedIn effectively in South Africa at the moment are recruiters - the white space exists in becoming a thought leader in your field or to get more sales for your business.

If you are interested in doing business in the rest of Africa, LinkedIn is a very useful tool to be using as LinkedIn adoption and usage is higher in most African countries than it is in South Africa.

I was at a conference in New York last year where the chief executive of LinkedIn spoke, and I sat there with my eyes out on stalks because I saw the future, and the future is LinkedIn.

“Delegates often ask why they should connect with people they don’t know on LinkedIn.

The purpose of LinkedIn is to expand your professional peer-to-peer network, so if it looks like someone has taken their profile seriously and is a peer of yours, then I would recommend you connect to them.

It is important to build your network until you have at least 500 connections.

And the reason you should have 500 connections is that LinkedIn ranks you accordingly.

Say, for example, someone was looking for a networking specialist. If I had 400 connections and someone else had 600 connections, then that person would come up before me in the search results because that’s how LinkedIn ranks you. And that’s why getting to 500 connections is a very important benchmark.

According to the latest LinkedIn South Africa statistics, membership increased by 38 percent in 2013.

There were more men than women on LinkedIn and the industry with the highest membership was financial/corporate.

The statistics also reveal that a LinkedIn profile puts you in impressive professional company:

Of the South African members, 15 percent are business owners, 10 percent are company directors; and 38 percent are in senior leadership positions.

LinkedIn is going to become a very powerful social networking tool and those who realise this sooner rather than later are going to be ahead of the pack.

* This article is based on a presentation that Helen Nicholson gave to the Wits Alumni, as a Wits Alumnus. Register for a LinkedIn workshop and make this tool work for you at

** The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Independent Media.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Senegal Bans Burqa To Stop Terrorists Disguising In Islamic Dress

Senegal has banned women from wearing the burqa, amid rising fears of Islamic extremism in the west African country.

The interior minister, Abdoulaye Daouda, said women would no longer be allowed to wear the Islamic dress, which leaves only the eyes exposed. Daouda said the decision was a question of national security and was designed to prevent terrorists from using the burqa as a disguise.

An estimated 92% of Senegal’s population is Muslim. Although the country has not suffered a terrorist attack recently, authorities are concerned that the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, based in north-eastern Nigeria, may be trying to extend its range. This month, police arrested five people suspected of having ties to Boko Haram as part of a nationwide crackdown. 

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Senegal is not alone in west Africa in banning the burqa. This year Cameroon and Chad, also Muslim-majority countries, issued similar orders citing similar reasons. “Senegal is just following the trend,” said Martin Ewi, a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies.

He said the ban, though difficult to enforce, had been reasonably effective in both countries. “You still have the villages and far corners of the country where people don’t always respect the ban,” he added.