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5 steps to become a smart LinkedIn user

We’ve all been using social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for various purposes, be it for keeping in touch with our peers or staying informed about the latest trends and news. But while using LinkedIn, we tend to keep strictly professional. We try to stay connected to our colleagues, experts from our industry, or people we may want to work or collaborate with in the future.

We use LinkedIn as a digital resume sharing platform to reach out to potential employers. We naively share our work experience here, but what exactly can a third person really find out about us by just analyzing our work experience?

We actually expose more personal data on LinkedIn than on any other social network. And that is why our LinkedIn account can become a weak liability when it comes to cybercriminals. 

It is an established fact that users don’t always want their activity or profile updates to be visible to everyone. We might want to improve our reach, but only target a specific audience.

Since we’ve increased our social media usage in the lockdown period, we must be more vigilant while using it. Let’s look at these 5 measures we can take to enhance our LinkedIn security and limit our reach.

  

1.    Enable Two-factor Authentication, 2FA 

To guard our accounts against hackers and cyber criminals, LinkedIn lets us opt for two-step verification to protect against unauthorized access. An option to turn on the two-step verification can be found by navigating to the Privacy & Settings page. This security method asks for both your password and verification code that is sent to your phone whenever you want to login from a device the website doesn’t recognize.

 

All the major social networking platforms give the choice to activate 2FA. It acts as an additional security layer and a very tough one.

  

2.    Disable activity broadcast  

Whenever we share a post or update our profile, LinkedIn screens this activity for our connections. Let’s suppose you are looking for a new job, you wouldn’t want your present employer to know about this discrete job hunt, right? LinkedIn offers you a choice to mute your activity broadcast and keep those profile updates private. To disable this, navigate to Privacy & Settings page and turn off your activity broadcast. 

 

3.    See where you’re signed in

This feature can come in very handy if you’ve logged in to your account from a device that’s either no more accessible to you or is a publicly shared one. You can verify if your account is still active anywhere you don’t want it to be and choose to disconnect it. Don’t forget to change your password immediately after logging out of there.

Anybody can hijack your account to extract sensitive data from it. This feature can thus save you from a lot of trouble.

 

4.    Browse LinkedIn anonymously

Every LinkedIn user is aware of the ‘*XYZ* viewed your profile’ notification they get when somebody views their profile. So by default, when you browse a LinkedIn member’s profile, that person receives your detail as well. It’s up to you to decide how much information you want to share. You can even choose to remain anonymous. All you have to do is navigate to Privacy & Settings page and fill up the “Select what others see when you've viewed their profile". 

 

5.    Identify fraudulent emails

Spam and phishing emails are common and need to be recognized. We believe that all of us know how to identify these emails and yet, somehow scammers manage to find new ways to target users. These scammers send fraudulent emails that appear to be from LinkedIn, either infecting the device with malicious software or stealing the user’s personal data. These are a few red flags you should look out for:

·       A mail asking you for financial information

·       A mail without a security footer

·       A mail asking you to open an attachment or install a software update.

·       A mail that contains typos

·       A mail containing a threat such as “Your account will be deleted unless you act right away.”

 

 

-Ishani Singh

 


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