We hear stories in the news almost daily: you are not guaranteed safety when you’re online. Usually, there are two schools of thought: some people won’t share any kind of personal information online, and others don’t think it can really be that serious.
Social media is important to just about any business. We need to be out there, promoting our products and services. Not being online isn’t really as much of an option as it was a decade or two ago.
If you’ve been following along with my online safety series, you’ve been busy locking down your profiles and accounts. Join me as we walk through your LinkedIn settings, ensuring as much safety as possible.
- Log into your LinkedIn account.
- Click on the down arrow next to your photo in the top right corner (should say ‘Me’).
- Click on ‘Settings and Privacy’.
One by one, go through each of the headings in this section, Accounts, Privacy, Ads, Communications, and carefully considering each preference.
When you come across the setting for ‘Viewers of this profile also viewed’, switch this to ‘No’. This isn’t safety-related, but you want to keep prospective clients/customers on your page, without directing them to other people who are in the same industry as you.
Under Ads, it’s probably wisest to switch everyone to ‘No’. You probably don’t want LinkedIn sharing your information with any third parties.
In this series, we’ve discussed how people can steal your identity by knowing your birthdate. To keep this hidden on LinkedIn, click on the Me icon, View Profile, See Contact Information, Edit. Make your changes and click Save.
And there you have it, a more secure LinkedIn account.
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