Quick tips on Security and Privacy

February 10, 2009

At LinkedIn, we take security and privacy very seriously and it’s one of the questions our customer service team (CS) is asked a lot about. So, I thought it’s time for a follow-up to our CS lead, April's original post on these themes.

Given below is a list of basic member security and privacy guidelines that will help keep you safe while you access your professional network on LinkedIn:

1. Let’s start with an easy one: Review your current LinkedIn Account & Settings. From there you can identify what information you’ve set that is private (only to your connections) and what is public.

2. Connect with only those you know and would trust because these are the people you will seek advice from and request a recommendation about your quality of work.

3. Keep your password secure & log out of your account when you are done (especially if you’re accessing your account from a public computer).

4. Always have at least one other email address assigned to your account should you lose access to the primary email address.

5. Finally, I’d recommend you ensure your computer’s security software is up to date.  And, most importantly, don’t click on a link you don’t trust. (If it feels suspicious...it probably is.)

Information Resources:

Let me also add that the above steps are not necessarily a guarantee but rather a starting point to keep your identity and data safe. If you find yourself struggling with additional questions on security and would like to reach the right person on LinkedIn, here are a few resources you can turn to:

1. Contact LinkedIn Customer Service (scroll down to the bottom of the LinkedIn home page) to report any inappropriate or suspicious links found on profiles.

2. Check out LinkedIn’s Customer Support Site where you can easily search and sort through numerous help topics on security and privacy.

3. And, don't forget to consult the User Agreement for a current list of ‘LinkedIn User Do’s & Don’ts’.

Please bookmark this page so you can come back to it when you’ve any further questions. Feel free to share your security and privacy best practices in the comments section below.