A few years ago, when I was looking for a job someone talked me into starting a LinkedIn account to somehow magically get me a job. Maybe you need to be more focused on finding a job through the program or have 90% of your contacts NOT be an extension of Facebook friends that don’t work in your same field. Either way, I am not going to contest the effectiveness of their site at what it claims to do, but rather something that recently happened.
Typically I get 2-3 emails a week telling me to update my LinkedIn profile or something to that effect, yet two weeks ago (they probably knew earlier) when the information was released by the media saying that all of their passwords had been stolen and were not properly encrypted so they were being sold around the internet… I expected an email or some sort of notice. Like most people, I only have 3-4 sets of passwords so it is kind of a big deal when one arm of my password branches gets compromised and I am not informed by the people who allowed it to happen. When one of my credit card companies got my information *possibly* stolen they sent me out a letter letting me know so, and let me know that they were going to be motoring my account and would try to take care of any situation that arises from the matter.
Do you think individual companies have any sort of obligation to let you know when they share either personal data or your passwords are stolen? Or should it be your responsibility as a consumer to not share information that you aren’t comfortable being on the internet like your address, email, and passwords?