In our ever-evolving digital world, getting the details on a person’s life via a simple online search is easier than ever. The good news is it’s just as easy to protect your privacy on social networks. We’ve already outlined some quick and easy ways to do so on Facebook and Twitter. The final part of this series focuses on LinkedIn.
Taking the time to review and consider your privacy settings on LinkedIn is important. Depending on your settings, you could be inadvertently hindering your networking or job hunt – or giving too much away to competitors or anyone else you don’t want keeping tabs on you.
To begin, go to your settings, accessed from the drop-down menu next to your name. Access your Privacy Controls by clicking on the “Profile” tab.
Here, you can control who (your connections, network or everyone) sees your information and LinkedIn activities. You can also control who can see your connections; it can be either your connections or only you.
If you’re researching potential clients, vendors or competitors, you can also adjust what those individuals see when you’ve viewed their profile – you can select your name and headline, anonymous profile characteristics (such as your company or industry), or anonymous.
By clicking the “Communications” tab, you can access settings for email communications and select the types of messages you’re willing to receive, as well as who can send you invitations (this is more to avoid flooded message inboxes than to protect privacy, but convenient, nonetheless).