April 02, 2016

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LinkedIn Tip of the Week: LinkedIn privacy isn't just about changing your password

These days, there's a lot of talk about data security and privacy on the internet. And it's definitely worth spending a little time securing your most important sites and apps with strong passwords, or even two factor authentication. But we'll get back to that in a different LinkedIn Tip of the Week.

Using LinkedIn on a daily basis, you expose a lot of information about yourself and your contacts, and most of the time that's exactly what you want. You want to heighten your personal brand or create awareness about your company or products.

Stop broadcasting your activity

Whenever you change anything on your profile, add a contact or like someone else's posts, it will show up in the feeds of all your connections on LinkedIn. Again, this may be desirable most of the time but if you aren't aware of this, it may have some unwanted consequences.

Say, you're looking for a new job and in the that process you're probably updating your profile more than usual and you may also add recruiters and headhunters to your connections. Depending on your situation, this may not be signals you want to send to your current employer.

Luckily, you can disable your activity broadcast by going to Edit profile and change the Notify your network? setting to No.

Remember to switch it back to Yes when you're done with making changes.

Hiding your connections

By default, all your connections can see who else you're connected with and this may be just fine for your current situation.

In many lines of business it's the other way around. If you're connected with both clients and competitors (very common in the IT world, for instance), you may want to keep your competitors from getting too easy access to your clients.

In that case you can change the visibility of your list of connections by going to Privacy & Settings > Privacy > Who can see your connections and change the setting to Only you.

Note that shared connections are always visible.




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Thomas Sondergaard
Thomas Sondergaard