If you’ve been on LinkedIn for a while, you’ll know that it can be a great networking tool for finding jobs and connecting with the right people. However, the problem is that such an open system can be quite vulnerable to hackers and other ne’er-do-wells. The best way to solve this issue is to make your profile private — this article will teach you how!
If you have any friends or colleagues who are also using LinkedIn then make sure they read this article too.
LinkedIn is a networking site and it’s vital you protect your professional reputation by keeping your profile secure. The following steps will help you to do exactly that:
First, click on the “Profile” tab at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
Once in your profile, scroll down to the bottom and click on “Privacy & Settings”.
This will take you to a page that lets you choose who can see your profile. The options are “public”, “connections” and “friends.” You can choose none of these, or any combination of these. If you want to make sure that no one can see your profile then select “None.”
Click on save and then click on the Edit Privacy Settings button. This will take you back to the previous page but this time with more settings unlocked. The options here are “anyone”, “colleagues only” or “no one.”
If you want to allow access to just your professional colleagues then select “Colleagues Only.” If you want it to be visible only to your professional colleagues then add them by clicking on their names and selecting Add as a Connector under Name Search.