Prevent Identity Theft

It's become commonplace to share personal data - like your social security number, credit card number, or date of birth - to do everything from shopping to banking. Check out some simple steps you can take to protect your identity and prevent identity theft.

Stay vigilant

Here are some tips you can use to protect your personal information from identity thieves:

  • Stay vigilant - never give out your sensitive information if you think something isn't right:
    • Be cautious when approaching all email messages and websites.
    • Email isn't a secure channel to send sensitive information back and forth. It's much better to go directly to the website, if you have an existing relationship with the company, and enter your information there.
    • When entering personal information on a website, check the browser bar for a secure connection. If you see https:// in the browser's address bar, it's a good indication the connection is protected.
  • There are a few things you can look for to confirm whether a message is really from LinkedIn:
    • LinkedIn focuses on your professional brand, so if you receive an email claiming to be from LinkedIn asking for your bank or financial information, be cautious.
    • Valid LinkedIn messages will always include your name and current professional headline in the footer of the message.
    • Learn more about how to spot phishing.
  • Create a strong password for your account using these tips:
    • Don't use the same password for all the sites you visit.
    • Don't use a word from the dictionary.
    • Select strong passwords that can't easily be guessed with 10 or more characters.
    • Think of a meaningful phrase, song, or quote and turn it into a complex password using the first letter of each word.
    • Randomly add capital letters, punctuation, or symbols.
    • Substitute numbers for letters that look similar. For example, substitute "0" for "o" or "3" for "E".
    • Never write down your password or give it to others.

Possible account impersonation

In many cases, members accidentally open a duplicate account when they accept an invitation to connect while using an email address that's not currently listed on their account (learn how to check for a duplicate account). However, if you're certain that this is not a duplicate account, please report the profile for investigation by our Trust & Safety team.

Reporting potentially fake or inappropriate accounts

Learn how to flag fake or inappropriate profiles on LinkedIn.