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Below are some tips for helping you keep your personal information secure

Protecting your Email

Your email address identifies your account on LinkedIn. It's important that you protect your email addresses and passwords since this is sensitive information that can grant access to your emails, financial information, and other sensitive online data.

 

Include your personal contact information only in the designated fields of your LinkedIn profile. Learn more tips on protecting your email and passwords here.

Protecting yourself from Fraudulent Messages, Scams & Phishing

There are precautions you should keep in mind when reading and responding to messages you receive. For example, when searching for jobs online, be wary of recruiters who ask you to send copies of personal identifiable information to an email address that isn't associated with the company, as well as requests to wire or transfer money for an application fee.

 

These are red flags for scams. For more tips on protecting yourself from fraud click here.

Preventing Identity Theft

Identity thieves try to steal personal information through a variety of methods, including sending phishing emails that impersonate legitimate people or companies in order to trick people into giving out passwords, credit card numbers, or other sensitive information.

 

Never provide sensitive information to others via email or chat. You can also prevent identity theft by keeping this type of personal information to yourself and not entering it on public networks or where multiple people share the same computer.

 

For more tips onpreventing identity theft, click here.

Malware Prevention

Malicious software, or "malware," is software designed to harm your computer or gain access to your sensitive information. It can be placed on your computer without your knowledge through phishing, spam, or other similar tactics.

 

The best way to avoid malware is by not downloading it in the first place. Tips for avoiding malware include only downloading files from websites you trust and not clicking links on suspicious websites or in email messages.

 

You can learn more about malware and how to protect your computer by clicking here or learn about the different products that can help detect malware by clicking here.

Here are some best practices for using LinkedIn's services safely and securely.

LinkedIn Profesional Community Guidelines & User Agreement

LinkedIn's Professional Community Guidelines and User Agreement outline the types of discussions and content that are acceptable on LinkedIn.

 

Please read them here and here.

Create an Authentic Profile

A member's profile represents their identity on LinkedIn, so we want those profiles to be truthful and authentic. 

 

Click here to learn more about best practices for creating your profile.

Make Meaningful Connections

LinkedIn seeks to connect professionals to others they know and trust. To get the most out of LinkedIn and your network, make sure you only connect with someone if you trust them with your personal contact information.

Protect Your Account

Changing your password periodically, using strong passwords, and enabling two-step verification can help keep your account secure and prevent unauthorized access. 

 

Learn more about what else you can do to protect your account by clicking here.

More and more teens are joining LinkedIn every day. Read more about how teens can use LinkedIn productively and safely.

Getting the Most Out of Linkedin as a Teen

You can find many opportunities on Linkedin as a teen. We can help connect you to things like internship opportunities and networking with alumni.

 

Click here to learn more about how you can get the most out of Linkedin.

Safety Tips for Parents & Educators

There are many resources available for you to read and share. We've listed some of our safety partners here. They provide lots of helpful tips on Internet safety that you can incorporate into your discussions with your kids or students.

Suicide & Self Injury

If you're having thoughts about suicide or self-injury, or if you see posts or comments that suggest someone else may be having such thoughts, please know that help is available.

 

In the United States, help is available at 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).  Similar services are available outside of the U.S.  Some hotlines and other resources are listed at www.befrienders.org. Others can be found through an Internet search.

 

In addition, if you believe that someone is in imminent danger, please contact the police for immediate assistance.  You can also contact us by clicking here.

Please see below to learn more about our Law Enforcement help articles.

Data Request Guidelines