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Security Footer Message in LinkedIn Emails

Why is my full name and professional headline included in messages from LinkedIn?

Last Reviewed: 09/18/2013
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In our messages to you, we include a security footer message with your name and professional headline to help you distinguish authentic LinkedIn emails from "phishing" email messages. "Phishing" emails often look very similar to legitimate ones, but they likely wouldn't have this personalized information and may also contain links that direct you to malicious sites instead of LinkedIn.

By default, your professional headline in the security footer message consists of your current position and the company listed on your LinkedIn Profile. You may customize this professional headline at any time. Currently, only certain emails from LinkedIn contain a security footer message, but expect to see it in all emails in the coming months.

While the presence of this security footer message alone does not guarantee that an email is legitimate, it gives you additional assurance that the email originated from LinkedIn. Most "phishing" attacks targeting large mailing lists will not have this information. When in doubt, open a new browser window and go directly to LinkedIn.com to check your Inbox and verify the connection request or message. If you suspect that you’ve received a "phishing" email impersonating LinkedIn, please forward the entire email to safety@linkedin.com.

Learn more about phishing in our Safety Center.

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