10 Ways to Increase Your LinkedIn Account’s Security & Privacy
If you’ve recently undertaken a digital declutter and decided LinkedIn is one of your primary platforms, then this article will provide some helpful tips on keeping your account more secure by protecting your password security and privacy.
1. Change Your Password Every Few Months on LinkedIn
Schedule a reminder in your diary to update your LinkedIn password on a regular basis.
2. Don’t Use the Same Password on All Sites You Visit
Instead select strong passwords, with 10 or more characters, that can’t easily be guessed. My Macbook Pro suggests passwords to me, which it then saves for future use. This system works for me as I only access my laptop from my office and client’s private offices. If you work in an open plan space with regular passing traffic, this may not be a great option for you.
3. Avoid Using Words from a Dictionary
Instead, you may like to consider a meaningful phrase, song or quote and turn it into a complex password using the first letter of each word. For example, you could randomly add capital letters, punctuation or symbols. You could also substitute numbers for letters that look similar (for example, substitute “0” for “o” or “3” for “E”).
4. Never Give Your Password to Others or Write it Down
The exception to this rule will be if you have an Assistant who accesses your LinkedIn Profile on your behalf or if you have engaged the services of a professional to update your LinkedIn Profile. In these cases, make sure they have clear terms and conditions in regard to what happens in the case of a violation of your account.
5. Sign Out of Your Account After You Use a Publicly Shared Computer
If you only have the option of accessing your account via a publicly shared computer, always remember to sign out of your account once you’ve finished your session. With the LinkedIn App available on your phone I recommend you use this over logging into your account from a publicly shared computer.
You can review and manage your account information and privacy settings from your settings and privacy page here.
7. Keep Your Antivirus Software Up to Date
In this article from PCMag Neil Rubenking recommends The Best Antivirus Protection For 2020 and suggests that “antivirus software is critical for every PC. Without it, you risk losing your personal information, your files, and even the cash from your bank account”. PCMag tested more than 40 utilities to help you pick the best antivirus protection for your computers.
8. No Contact Details in Profile About Section
Depending on your role, it is unlikely that you need to include your email address in the About section (previously referred to as the ‘Summary’) of your LinkedIn profile, as you can add this in your contact information for connections to view. I personally do not let any connections view my email or mobile via my profile, and do not include my email address in the About or experience sections. This is a personal preference.
Err on the side of caution here and make these changes in the Privacy section of your profile (pictured above) and accessible here when logged in to your LinkedIn Profile.
9. Consider Two-Step Verification
This can sometimes be more worry than it’s worth, but if you are keen to add that extra layer of security to logging in to your LinkedIn account, consider turning two-step verification on for your account. Here’s how.
10. Report Inappropriate Content or Safety Concerns
I’m vigilant about this one and will block and report any new LinkedIn connections who do the wrong thing. For more information about how to report inappropriate content or safety concerns, visit LinkedIn Help here.
Please note – LinkedIn also prohibits the use of any third party software, including “crawlers”, bots, browser plug-ins, or browser extensions (also called “add-ons”), that scrapes, modifies the appearance of, or automates activity on LinkedIn’s website.
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