This past week, I received several emails “from LinkedIn” indicating that someone from Bardstown, Kentucky requested a “reset password” link in the wee hours of the morning. I shared this information on Threads and in our Out Tech Your Kids group on Facebook, and it turns out I’m far from the only one who received this email.

I looked into the source code of the gmail and it didn’t seem to be a phishing scheme — one where someone spoofs an email from an otherwise legitimate sender to get you to share your password or other personal data on to a site that looks legitimate but isn’t.

As for a hack, I have not seen any reports of a LinkedIn data breach since 2012 — and hopefully you’ve changed your passwords a bunch of times since then!

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So what is that LinkedIn password reset email from Kentucky that’s going around?

The biggest clue is that the link verification came to all the emails I have on file with LinkedIn, despite only one of those being my official log-in email. Other users I spoke to had the same experience.

My educated guess is that this is either 1) a late result of a number of massive data breaches that took place in 2021, with millions of names aggregated with publicly available LinkedIn data for sale on the dark web. Or 2) An intrepid hacker with a database of emails trying to log in to all of them — which triggers those helpful confirmation emails from LinkedIn asking whether or not you asked for a password reset.

What can I do about it?

– Always be skeptical of password reset emails. Bravo to LinkedIn for making it abundantly clear that it wasn’t you asking for a password — unless you live in Bardstown, Kentucky and work on .

– If you have even the slightest concern that an email or text might be a phishing attempt, never click on a link provided. Go directly to the app or the website URL yourself. Here are some examples of LinkedIn phishing emails that they’ve provided for reference.

– Change your password — just in case. And MAKE STRONG PASSWORDS USING A GOOD PASSWORD MANAGEMENT APP! I cannot state this enough. (We all love 1Password so much we became an affiliate, after using and recommending the app for years.)php

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– Use two-factor authentication wherever you can. That means no one can log into your account from an unrecognized device without also providing a limited-time code texted to you, or one generated by an authenticator app like Google Authenticator or Semantic’s VIP Access. For me, I also use the 1Password app for this functionality so you don’t need separate apps for password management and 2FA.

What about other hacks and data breaches?

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One of the other reasons I like 1Password: It has a “Watchtower” (above) that will evaluate the strength of your passwords, and alert you any recent hacks or compromised passwords.

It also lists your weak or reused passwords so it’s very simple to reset them to stronger, unique passwords for each individual login. Note that most good password management apps will have a similar feature, but I like how user-friendly mine is.  Check our post on easy tips for making strong passwords.

How can I find out if my other accounts have been hacked or compromised?

There an are number of websites that will tell you if your email or phone number has been scraped and appears in any hacker databases. Just in your email to — it’s safe. You can also trust sites like, which owned by the password app Cloaked.

Remember that just because your email appears in a hacker database doesn’t mean it’s associated with a useable password. Like I said, if you’ve updated your LinkedIn password since 2012 you’re probably good — but it can never hurt to change it again.

Good luck out there — and happy continued networking.

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