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5 Steps to guard, protect, and save your LinkedIn profile. Are you familiar with all of LinkedIn’s privacy settings for your Profile? Why would that be of interest to you? That’s what I thought until my account was hacked and deactivated.

Let’s start with privacy settings. How often do you change your password? I am going to start changing mine monthly.

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One of the newer features on LinkedIn is that you are able to see if you are signed in for your active sessions other than your home location. As I was writing this article I checked to see if I was signed in at another session and found 3 different locations. I went in and signed out of those sessions

If you take your laptop to the library, go to Starbuck’s, or any public WIFI hotspot and you forget to sign out of the session you are in it will leave your profile vulnerable to being hacked. I should have paid more attention to this because I checked my active sessions a few weeks ago and found I had 8 active sessions in West Virginia and I live near Chicago.

I changed my password right away, probably too late. So go to your settings and check your active sessions its right in the middle of the page.

I forgot to mention one of the security settings under the account portion and that is “Manage Security Settings”. What this allows you to do when you are on a public WIFI network is to check the box where it says “Secure connection”. A secure connection will be used when you are browsing LinkedIn (HTTPS).

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HTTPS is a widely used web browser protocol that allows you to look at LinkedIn securely. The encrypted channel keeps data exchange confidential and allows you to securely identify the website. LinkedIn states: “If you regularly access LinkedIn using WIFI hotspots at libraries, cafes, airports, we recommend that you turn on your HTTPS security settings.” The one drawback is you may not have access to any third party applications.

There is also a two step verification for your security settings that may be of help with sign in.

My account was deactivated, I still do not know how it happened or why it happened. I do know that I was using my phone to log in when I noticed the message “signing off”. One of my connections sent me an email telling me they couldn’t find my LinkedIn profile. I tried to log on from my phone and it wouldn’t let me. So I went to my laptop and found my profile was deleted and I could not access.it.

I emailed LinkedIn customer service in the morning, and we communicated back and forth through several email conversations with their customer service and my account was reactivate that same day in the afternoon. Once your account is closed (deactivated) and reopened you lose certain information that they cannot retrieve. Those features are:

Group memberships including group ownership
Followings (Influencers, Companies, etc.)
Ignored and pending invitations
Endorsements and recommendations
Your profile photo

I own a group so that is gone, my photo wasn’t there, endorsements, given and received, were eliminated, recommendations, both given and received, were removed, group membership was lost. Groups I had been in for 4 or 5 years were no longer there. Some groups I couldn’t get back into because they were at their limit and one group I couldn’t get in was an HR group that I had been in for 5 years in good standing but the group owner said no thanks, I didn’t qualify.

Luckily I had previously printed out my profile as a PDF so I would have a record of recommendations, groups I was in, and companies I was following. To print out your profile click on the drop down arrow to the right of the blue send a message. One of your options is “save to PDF”. Choose that one and print it out.

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The other back up for your profile is to download a list of your contacts to a CSV file and save it to your desktop. The most important part is if you know how to access this information, you can export a CSV file of your connections from the Connections Settings page, and then go to advanced setting on the right hand side of the page.. Note: Only the full name, email address, current employer, and position are exported.

Here is your step by step:

Privacy settings – change your password
Check your signed on active sessions – sign off
Manage your security settings – encrypt your LinkedIn profile
Print a PDF version of your profile
Back up your connections with a CSV file – convert to excel sheet
If you find yourself in this situation make sure you contact LinkedIn’s customer service team. They will be able to guide you through the process. Here is link to customer service.

https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1187/kw/customer+service

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com

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New LinkedIn Security Feature For Your Profile.

LinkedIn recently updated it’s and yours security feature for your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn calls it giving our members more control. “We know you take your safety and privacy very seriously. We are starting to roll out three new tools to give you as much choice and control as possible over your account and data.”

The last time you were at the coffee shop or the library did you log out of their public network? LinkedIn now has you covered. There is one central location on your LinkedIn settings to see everywhere you have signed in.

Once you sign in to your settings you can see where you are logged in. LinkedIn will give you a complete list of which divices or locations you are signed in. You also can manage these sessions from this new page. If you see a session that you want to turn off, simply click on the sign out link.

So if you are currently logged in to 5 or 6 sessions scroll down the list and make sure you are signed out of any or all sessions.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com


How to Change the Visibility of a Group on Your Profile.

1. Move your cursor over Profile at the top of the homepage and select Edit Profile.
2. Scroll down to the Groups box in your profile and click the Edit icon.
If you belong to more than six groups, the list will be abbreviated.
3. Click the “See…more” link to expand the box and see all groups. Click the visibility link under the group. The link will either say Visible or Hidden. This will take you to the Visibility Settings section of the group’s Settings page.
4. Check or uncheck the box next to “Display the group logo on your profile”.
5. Click Save Changes.
Note: Members from your group will still be able to see the logo in your profile.

You can also edit your public profile to prevent your groups from showing on your public profile. Check or uncheck the box next to Groups under the Additional Information section on the right side of the page.

Why do you want to change the visibility on your profile? If you are in job search it may be beneficial to hide job search groups from the prying eyes of recruiter and hiring manager.


You can control notifications sent after joining groups from the Groups, Companies & Applications tab on your Privacy & Settings page.
1. Move your cursor over your profile photo in the top right of your homepage and click Privacy & Settings. For security reasons, you may be prompted to sign in again.
2. Click Groups, Companies & Applications next to the gear icon on the left side of the page.
3. Click “Turn on/off notifications when joining groups”.
4. Uncheck the box and click Save Changes.

Here is a note from LinkedIn notifying you if you are in job search.

Note: You may want to turn this option off if you’re looking for a job and want to be more private about which groups you join.

So check out your settings on your profile to see if your privacy settings are set the way YOU want them! Let me know if you found this article useful. Please share it with others who you think might benefit from it.


Are You Managing Your LinkedIn Account Security Settings?

This is one of the 35 privacy and settings features on

your LinkedIn profile that no one knows about. So how do

you find it and where is it on your profile?

Settings is located at the drop down by your LinkedIn Avatar (picture). The drop down includes a list

of seven items for account and settings. One of which is “Privacy and Settings” for review. Click on the

review and it will take you to your settings page. Scroll down the left hand side to ACCOUNT. In the middle

column at the bottom of the list is “Manage Security Settings”

Your security settings list is secure a connection. Check the box.

Click on MORE and Here is why from LinkedIn it is necessary:

What is HTTPS?
HTTPS is a widely used web browser protocol that allows you to look at LinkedIn securely. The encrypted channel keeps data exchange confidential and allows you to securely identify the website. Most sites use HTTPS when taking payments or login credentials. LinkedIn automatically uses a secure connection when you sign in, use Recruiter, advertising tools, enter a payment flow, or change your settings. You now have the option to browse all of http://www.linkedin.com over HTTPS.

If you regularly access LinkedIn using WiFi hotspots at libraries, cafes, airports, we recommend that you turn on your HTTPS security settings.

Note: Third-party applications and some content may not be available when you turn this setting option on.

The second part of the security setting is “Two Step Verification for Sign-in” which means

Turning this feature on will sign you out anywhere you’re currently signed in. LinkedIn then require you to enter a verification code the first time you sign in with a new device or LinkedIn mobile application.

So the next time you are having coffee at Panaera Bread with a connection make sure your LinkedIn

profile is secure! You may want to leave it on full time if you use WIFI anywhere.


Are you using all of LinkedIn’s settings features? Do you know

about all of the settings? There are four different sections

of settings. Those sections are 1)Profile

Privacy Controls

Turn on/off your activity broadcasts
Select who can see your activity feed
Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile
Select who can see your connections
Change your profile photo & visibility »
Show/hide “Viewers of this profile also viewed” box
Settings

Manage your Twitter settings
Helpful Links

Edit your name, location & industry »
Edit your profile »
Edit your public profile »
Manage your recommendations »

2)Communications

Emails and Notifications

Set the frequency of emails
Set push notification settings
Member Communications

Select the types of messages you’re willing to receive
Select who can send you invitations
LinkedIn Communications

Turn on/off invitations to participate in research
Turn on/off partner InMail

3) Groups, Companies, and Applications

Groups

Select your group display order »
View your groups »
Set the frequency of group digest emails
Turn on/off group invitations
Turn on/off notifications when joining groups
Companies

View companies you’re following »
Applications

View your applications »
Add applications »
Privacy Controls

Turn on/off data sharing with 3rd party applications
Manage settings for LinkedIn plugins on third-party sites

4) Account

Privacy Controls

Manage Advertising Preferences
Settings

Change your profile photo & visibility »
Show/hide profile photos of other members
Customize the updates you see on your home page
Select your language
Manage security settings
Email & Password

Add & change email addresses
Change password
Helpful Links

Upgrade your account »
Close your account »
Get LinkedIn content in an RSS feed »

Take the time to learn all of the secrets of your settings. There maybe settings you were unaware of and there are

settings that you may want to change. Spend an hour and get the settings the way YOU prefer.

Have fun, get it set up correctly and feel comfortable with your choices.


Here is one setting You Didn’t Know About when using LinkedIn. There are more,

but this one I find in doing my classes and workshops that most

or all of the participants don’t know about or were unaware of.

The item most LinkedIn users are unaware of is located in their

settings. Scroll down your settings page until to reach “Account”, click

on account. Scroll again to the bottom until you find “Manage Security

Settings”. Open that link check the box and save your changes.

Here is why.

HTTPS is a widely used web browser protocol that allows you to look at LinkedIn securely. The encrypted channel keeps data exchange confidential and allows you to securely identify the website. Most sites use HTTPS when taking payments or login credentials. LinkedIn automatically uses a secure connection when you sign in, use Recruiter, advertising tools, enter a payment flow, or change your settings. You now have the option to browse all of http://www.linkedin.com/in/brucebixler49 over HTTPS.

If you regularly access LinkedIn using WiFi hotspots at libraries, cafes, airports, we recommend that you turn on your HTTPS security settings.

Note: Third-party applications and some content may not be available when you turn this setting option on.

You don’t need this on when you are at your home.

But if you are out and about at the local Starbuck’s make sure your account settings are secure.