Protect Your Privacy
We work hard to keep your account secure. Here are some additional steps you can take to safeguard your account and spot suspicious activity.
A strong password is an excellent step toward keeping your person information safe. Choose a strong password that includes a mixture of letters, numbers, and symbols. Here are a few more tips:
- Don't use the same password across all sites you visit.
- Don't share your password with others, and change it often.
- Reset your password every couple of months.
- Sign out of your account anytime you leave a shared or public computer.
- Don't enter personal contact information within the name fields on your account. This information is often made public in Internet searches.
- Install antivirus software on your computer and keep it up to date.
- Only connect to people you know and trust.
Protect your email address
It's important that you protect your email addresses the same way you protect other personal information. This is especially true for websites where your email address is used as part of your username to log in to your account.
Don't enter your email address in the name field of your account. This field can appear in public searches and be viewed by anyone. Only include your personal contact information in the designated fields of your LinkedIn profile. This information can only viewed by 1st-degree connections.
We also recommend that you only connect with professionals who you know and trust enough to share your personal email address. Don't connect to anonymous profiles using group or company names. Disclosing your email address to an anonymous group of people may increase the odds for unwanted spam messaging. You also always have the option of removing a connection at any time.
If you're interested in a company, we recommend following them via their Company Page. This way, you can follow a company without disclosing your email address.
Recognize when something's wrong
It never hurts to stay alert when it comes to your personal information. Here are a few "red flags" to be on the lookout for:
- Account access - If you're unable to access your account with your usual login information, and you notice changes being made to your connection list or positions, this could mean someone has hacked your account.
- Scam messages - If you see suspicious messages that ask for money or advertise certain goods being sent from your account, this could also mean someone else has taken over your your account.
If you see any suspicious activity in your account, you can always change your password. It's recommended you do this from time to time anyway. Change your password.
Learn what to do if you believe your account has been hacked.
Suspicious activity vs. a site feature
Some activities can be mistaken for account takeovers. Here are a few actions that could be mistaken for fraudulent activity:
- New connections - If you notice a new connection you don't recall inviting, make sure you haven't accidentally sent an invitation to all members listed in an address book. You can always go to your inbox and check your sent invitations to verify when the connection request was sent from your account. Learn how to withdraw sent invitations or remove a connection that has already been established.
- Unfamiliar status updates - If you don't recognize a network update posted from your account, it could be the result of using a shared or public computer. Always sign out of your account when you leave a shared or public computer. Otherwise the next computer user can mistakenly post updates from your account.
This feature adds an additional layer to your privacy controls by allowing you to block your profile, direct interactions, and network activity from logged in members who you don't wish to interact or share personal information with.
You can block another member by choosing the Block or Report option on their profile page.
- Learn how to block and unblock members.
- Learn what happens when you block another person on LinkedIn.
You can view and manage your list of blocked members on your block list located in your Privacy & Settings page.
Adjust your privacy settings
In addition to the security features we've built into the site to protect your information, there are some privacy settings you can adjust.
You'll find the following options Privacy & Settings page:
- Turn on/off your activity broadcasts - If you don't want your connections to see when you make changes to your profile, follow companies, or recommend connections, uncheck this option.
- Select who can see your activity feed - Here's where you choose who can see the activity section on your profile, which shows the latest things you've done on LinkedIn.
- Select what others can see when you've viewed their profile - If you want a higher level of privacy, you can choose to display anonymous profile information, or show up as an anonymous LinkedIn member.
- Select who can see your connections - Share your connections' names with your other 1st-degree connections, or make your connections list visible only to you.
- Change your profile photo and visibility - Choose whether to have your photo displayed to your 1st-degree connections, your network, or everyone who views your profile.
- Select the types of messages you're willing to receive - LinkedIn offers several ways for members to communicate with one another. Use this to select which types of messages you'd like to get from other members.
- Select who can send you invitations - You have the option of allowing anyone on LinkedIn or only certain people to send you invitations to connect. Your "Imported Contacts" list is your address book of email addresses you've shared with LinkedIn.
- Turn on/off group invitations - If you'd rather not get invitations to join groups on LinkedIn, uncheck this option.
If you're looking for a higher level of security for your account, you can consider two-step verification, which adds another layer of protection even if your password has been compromised. This works by requiring you to type in a code (sent to your mobile device) when signing in from a browser or device you haven't used before. Learn more about protecting your account and how to turn on two-step verification.