My grandmother always said that the most important thing in life is health, and I couldn’t agree more. However, in this day and age, you can’t just worry about your physical health; you have to worry about your digital health as well. Having worked in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, and more recently in the Natural Language Processing business, I’ve discovered how important it is to know when something is sick because it’s super cool vs. when it has a virus. And a virus can mean that you have the flu or that your computer has been hacked. And from there (still following me?), being a hack can mean that someone is trying to perform without having any real skill…or it can mean that your computer has a virus and can spread it to others like the black plague itself.
Sadly, I’ve had viruses lately – both the nasty flu variety and the kind where everyone I’ve ever emailed from my Yahoo! Inbox gets an ad for Viagra. From experience, I can say neither of these viruses are much fun. So when the June 9th installment of the Wall Street Journal Sentiment Tracker covered the LinkedIn leak of over 6 million passwords, I was fascinated to see how the social media world would respond via Facebook and Twitter to this breach in security…inevitably opening up our computers to even more viruses. 80% of the conversation showed online users giving out tips about how to rectify the situation, with 3% upset over the leak, 15% complaining about LinkedIn’s response time and 2% joking. I loved the jokes – check out some extra bonuses below: