Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
They're ugly. They're annoying. And they might affect your personal information.
True, there's a lot of your personal information already out there somewhere, supposedly well-protected.
You never know, though.
This week, LinkedIn admitted that there might be some of your email addresses and passwords out there. Somewhere.
In a post on its site, the company referred back to a 2012 hack that caused 6.5 million passwords and email addresses to be grabbed by unscrupulous fiends.
On Wednesday, LinkedIn revealed: "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."
The company said there was no indication that this was a new breach.
As a customer, however, you never know.
"We have begun to invalidate passwords for all accounts created prior to the 2012 breach? that haven't update?d? their password since that breach," LinkedIn said. "We will be letting individual members know? ?if they need to reset their password."
All the same, the company suggests you change your password.
"Regularly changing your password is always a good idea an?d? you don't have to wait for the notification," it said.
As a customer, you see, you never know.
So even though it's a pain, and even though you might quickly forget that password and have to email LinkedIn again for a link in order to remember it and change it yet again, it's still better than your information being out there.
One day soon, you might be able to log in to everything with just your fingerprint, your eyeball or, who knows, your body odor.
Until then, technology is a tedious, manual and deeply insecure business.