Today, it’s time for another tutorial regarding safety on social media. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve shown you how to increase your safety on Facebook and Twitter. So, today we’ll take a look at your LinkedIn profile.sp_tuesdaytutorial_safe-linkedin (1)

As I’m sure you know, just like so many other major corporations, LinkedIn has been a hack victim and millions of passwords and emails were stolen. In recent months millions passwords and emails from LinkedIn have been offered for sale.

Here are a few tips for your security on LinkedIn.

  1. Use a strong password and change it regularly
  2. Use two-step verification
  3. Check your third party apps.
  4. Check where you signed in.

1. Use a strong password and change it regularly

This rule applies everywhere and always, not just for your LinkedIn account!

Changing your password: sign into your LinkedIn account. Hover over you Profile picture in the upper right corner and select Privacy & Settings from the menu.

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Find the Change Password section and click it.

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Let Sticky Password fill in your current password. For your new password, I recommend to use our password generator. Click the Sticky Password caption button in the top right corner and select ToolsPassword Generator.

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Select the length and any other Advanced options you’d like and click Generate. Then click Use this password. (Click the eyeball icon at the far right of the password field to display your new password.)

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Don’t forget to click Save.

2. Use two-step verification.

You’ll need to add a cell phone (mobile phone) to activate two-step verification.  Please find Phone numbers in your Basics section, open it and Click Add phone number.

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Select your country and add your phone number. click Send code.

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For your security, enter your password to make this change. Let Sticky Password enter it for you (click the Sticky Password Caption button in the top right corner of your browser).  And click Done.

Enter the verification code and click Verify.

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That’s it. Your phone number have been added. Click Privacy section in the top part of your profile page.

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Scroll down. Here you can see Two step verification in the Security section. Click it and click Turn on.

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For your security, enter your password to make this change. Let Sticky Password to fill it (click Sticky Password Caption button in the top right corner of your browser).  And click Done.

LinkedIn will send a verification code to your phone. Enter it and click Verify.

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That’s it. From now on, a verification code will be sent to this number each time you sign-in.

3. Check your third party apps.

I also recommend to check all your third party apps. Go back to your Account section. Find the Third parties section and click Third party apps.

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Check all the apps. Only authorize trustworthy apps. Deactivate all apps that you don’t remember or don’t use anymore.

4. Check where you signed in.

In your Account section find Where you’re signed in and click it. If you find out that your LinkedIn account is still connected on an unknown device, choose the option to disconnect it and sign out as soon as possible from that device. Afterwards, make sure you change your password ASAP.

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That’s all for today. I’ve introduced you to a set of basic – but important – security and privacy settings. For your own security, as well as the security of your friends and family, make sure that YOU are in control of your privacy and security settings on LinkedIn, and other social media sites. It takes only a couple of minutes but it’s worth it!