There’s no denying the importance of keeping your personal information safe online, especially when it comes to social media.
LinkedIn is a social media platform where a lot of personal information such as current job and career history is shared online for the world to see, but do you know how much of your profile has been made public? Can others see when you’ve viewed their profile?
If you are unsure, it may be a good time to review your privacy settings. After all, it is important to understand your privacy and security settings in order to make smart decisions about what information to share, which links to click and what features to opt-in to.
Here are 5 ways to protect your LinkedIn account:
In addition to the security features that are built into LinkedIn to protect users’ information, there are some additional privacy settings you can turn on or off, depending on what you want to share, display, and receive. Take a look at your settings today to make sure they are right for how you want to be using your LinkedIn account.
These setting options include:
Two-step verification requires a person to use more than one form of verification to access an account, usually by “knowing something” such as a password and by “having something” such as a mobile device. Two-step verification is a much stronger form of account protection that can greatly reduce identity theft and unauthorized access to sensitive information. This is because most accounts become compromised from new or unknown computers or devices.
LinkedIn offers members the ability to turn on two-step verification for their accounts, which will require an account password and a pin sent to your phone via SMS whenever you sign in from a new device that LinkedIn doesn’t recognize.
A good indicator of a protected connection on a website is an https:// connection. While LinkedIn automatically secures a connection when you are on certain pages that require sensitive information (such as using a credit card), you also have the option to turn on this protected connection across all pages on LinkedIn.
Ensuring your password is difficult to guess and updated regularly is very important in upholding your personal details. The following password tips do not relate solely to LinkedIn and should be considered for all of your online and electronic accounts:
Phishing is a common tactic that criminals use to try and steal your information – and your money – so you should always be on the lookout for fraudulent emails.
LinkedIn will never ask for your sensitive personal or financial information via email. To confirm whether a message is legitimate, here are a few things you can look out for:
Here are some indicators which should raise your suspicions that the email claiming to be from LinkedIn is not legitimate: