Tips for LinkedIn settings for Privacy Mode
In this blog, we explain the new hacks for private browsing in LinkedIn and also shows various tips for LinkedIn settings for Privacy Mode. The LinkedIn Settings & Privacy page is, by default, full of information about how you interact with the site.
Think of the Settings & Privacy page as your command Console for working with LinkedIn. You can get to the page at any time by clicking the Me icon, on the top navigation bar, and then clicking Settings & Privacy under Account.
Your Settings & Privacy page will look similar to most other users of LinkedIn, so it will probably look similar to mine, except the name, headline, number of connections, and date you joined LinkedIn will reflect your own account.
First, check out the three headers across the middle of the screen: Account, Privacy, and Communications. Just click one of the three to go to that page of settings. Note that as you scroll down the page, the headers stay at the top of your screen. On the left side of the screen is a navigation menu.
You can click any section name in the left menu to jump to that part of the selected Settings page.
For example, the Account page has four sections: Basics, Partners and Services, Subscriptions, and Account. The Basics section is selected. As you scroll down through a section of the Account page, the section menu item is highlighted.
Note the Change link to the right of each setting. When you want to change a setting, start by clicking Change. The area below the setting expands so you can make changes on the same page.
For example, I clicked Change next to the Phone Numbers setting so that I could add a phone number to my account. The section expanded, displaying a description of the LinkedIn Privacy Mode setting and an Add Phone Number link. Always click the Close link (where the Change link used to be) to finish your changes, close the section, and move on.
Starting with Basic Account Changes
Let’s dive into the first section, Account settings. On this Settings page, you see the basics of your account (name, email addresses, phone numbers, password, language, and so on), what automatically plays or is saved when you use the account, and even how to download a set of your data.
We then move to Partners and Services, where you configure how you work with other services, and finish with Subscriptions and Account, which control your account status.
To review the settings under Accounts, begin by clicking the Me icon on the top navigation bar of any LinkedIn page.Then under the Account header, click Settings & Privacy. The Settings & Privacy screen appears. Click Basic if necessary (it’s usually selected by default).
Following are the basic settings you can update, either one at a time or all at once, depending on whether you’re in the initial setup phase or refining your account as time goes by. Here’s how to update the basic Account settings:
To add another email address to your account:
Scroll down a little bit to E-Mail Address, and click its Change link. When you started your LinkedIn account, you had to provide a valid email address.
But if you use multiple email addresses, or have a past email account that previous colleagues or friends used with you, you probably want to add them to your account so that more people can find you. Don’t worry; the email addresses are not publicly viewable unless you give the okay.
Click the Add E-Mail Address link.
Add the new email address in the text box provided.
Click the Send Verification button. LinkedIn sends a verification email to the address you’ve provided.
Click the link in the verification email.
To choose a new primary email: Click Make Primary next to the email address.
To get rid of an email address: Click Remove next to the address. This feature is useful if an email account becomes inactive or is hacked, or you don’t want it associated with your account.
To associate a phone number with your account:
Click Change next to Phone Numbers.
Click the Add Phone Number link and then choose the Country from the newly displayed drop-down list. Add the phone number in the New Phone Number box.
When you receive a text message from LinkedIn with a 6-digit verification code, add that code in the appropriate text. You might want to associate a phone number with your account so that LinkedIn can call or text your phone to verify your identity if you forget your password.
To change your password:
Click Change next to the Change Password setting. Below the Change link is a date for the last time you changed your password.
Type your new password twice, and then verify that you’re not a computer or robot.
Click the Save button. LinkedIn updates your account with your new password.
To change the language, name, location or industry associated with your account:
Scroll down and click Change next to the appropriate setting. Follow the steps presented and fill in the information as appropriate for you, and then click Close. If you get married and your name changes, you may want to update your name here.
And of course, if you move, you’ll want to change your Location setting. (Adding a new job and its location does not change your Location setting.) If a new job means you are now working in a different industry, change your Industry setting so people see the appropriate setting on your LinkedIn page.
To see where you have an open, active LinkedIn session:
Scroll down a little bit, and click Change next to Where You’re Signed In. When you’ve finished reviewing this section, click Close. Every time you bring up LinkedIn on your computer, tablet, smartphone, or another Internet-capable device, you create a new session tied to your account.
When you expand this option, you see not only your current session but also any additional sessions and the length of time those sessions have been open.
To close any sessions that you’re no longer using, click Sign Out of All These Sessions or click Sign Out for an individual session. In this way, someone else with access to your device won’t also have access to your account.
To update the sources used to build your LinkedIn news feed, click Change next to Feed Preferences.
To allow other people to mention you in LinkedIn posts and comments:
Click Change next to Mentions by Others, and change the setting to Yes.
To make videos on your LinkedIn screenplay automatically:
Click Change next to Autoplay Videos, and make sure the setting is set to Yes.
To hide the profile photos of people you see on LinkedIn: Click Change next to Showing Profile Photos. Change the Select Whose Photos You’d Like to See setting to No One. (You can also set it to Your Connections, Your Network, or Everyone.)
These settings can be helpful if you have a slow Internet connection and want to optimize how much data is coming through when you use LinkedIn. If you prevent videos from playing and pictures from displaying, your LinkedIn web pages should load faster if you have a slow connection.
If you frequently use LinkedIn to apply for jobs: Click Change next to Saving Job Application Answers. Set to Yes the filter that allows LinkedIn to save the answers to your job application. Now when you apply to jobs on LinkedIn, you’ll be able to store certain answers so you can reuse them on future applications.
In addition, you’ll be able to use the Stored Job Applicant Accounts setting to manage which account info (from external job sites) you want to be saved as part of your LinkedIn account.
To download your LinkedIn data from the server: Click Change next to Download Your Data. A number of options are available for data you can retrieve from LinkedIn’s server;
To manage which websites you’ve authorized to share data with LinkedIn Click Change next to Permitted Services. Or click the Partners & Services link from the left sidebar.
When you open your list of permitted services, you’ll see a list of processes that can interface with your LinkedIn account, To delete a function that you don’t want interfacing with your account, click the function’s Remove link.
To connect your Twitter account to your LinkedIn account: Click Change next to Twitter Settings. You can add one or more Twitter accounts to your LinkedIn account, and set whether you want to display your Twitter account in your LinkedIn profile.
One of the primary benefits of linking the two accounts is if you want to share LinkedIn updates, long-form posts, or articles with your Twitter followers. Be warned that sharing every post on Twitter, as well as LinkedIn, could be seen as off-putting to your Twitter followers, so share when appropriate.
To upgrade your account to a paid Premium account: Click Change next to Try Premium for Free. Or click the Subscriptions link in the left sidebar. The different types of Premium accounts.
To close your LinkedIn account for good: Click Change next to Closing Your LinkedIn Account. Naturally, the point of this book is to encourage you to use your LinkedIn account to the fullest, so I rarely advocate closing your account. The main reason to use this setting is if you have more than one LinkedIn account, which is addressed next.
To merge two LinkedIn accounts: Click the Change link next to Merging LinkedIn Accounts. Provide the login information for your duplicate account, and then click Submit.
Perhaps you joined LinkedIn years ago and did a little business, but then forgot your login information and created a new account a few years later. When you have multiple accounts, people will find it confusing and wonder which account to connect with or send messages to.
Therefore, LinkedIn enables you to merge accounts, without losing any connections on the old account. When you click Change, you see the account you’re currently logged into. In the boxes, enter the email address and password for your second account.
After you click Submit, LinkedIn transfers your connections from the second account to the first account and allows you to review and confirm the transfer. After you do that, LinkedIn closes the second account.
Controlling Privacy Settings
Now it’s time to tackle the second section, Privacy settings. On the Privacy Settings page, you see everything from protecting the information in your profile and how often you use LinkedIn, to allowing people to follow or contact you on LinkedIn or access your network.
You start with the Profile Privacy section, where you decide how your public profile looks; whether you want your connections to know when you edit your profile, use LinkedIn, or make the news; and even whether you display your last name.
Then you move to the Blocking and Hiding section, where you control lists of who can follow you, who is blocked from interfacing with you, and whom you’ve unfollowed. Next is Job Seeking, which has valuable job hunting settings that can help your efforts.
You finish with Data Privacy & Advertising and Security, where you control where your profile shows up on and off LinkedIn and how you access LinkedIn securely. To begin, click the Me icon on the top navigation bar of any LinkedIn page. Then under the Account header, click Settings & Privacy, and then click the Privacy header.
Read through the headers on the Privacy screen, and decide which ones you want to change. Here’s a walkthrough:
To set your LinkedIn URL and decide which sections of your LinkedIn profile are visible to anyone on the Internet
Click Change next to Edit Your Public Profile. A screen appears where you can customize your randomly assigned URL as well as your profile visibility.
Under Edit URL, click the pencil next to your stored LinkedIn URL.
In the text box that appears, enter a new URL (after www.linkedin.com/in/). You can use 5-30 characters, but you can’t use spaces, symbols, or special characters. The URL must be unique to LinkedIn because two people can’t have the same URL for their profiles.
Scroll down to review your settings for customizing your public profile. You can control what is accessible to search engines and permitted services such as external email accounts (for example, Microsoft Outlook) that can read publicly available information.
Select your profile visibility and then click Save. If you’re in the beginning phase of setting up your account and you don’t want anyone to see your profile, select the option Make My Profile Visible to No One and click Save. Just remember to go back and change this setting after your profile is defined and you’re ready to network!
Click the Back button on your browser to return to the Privacy Settings page.
To change the privacy level of your connections list Click Change next to Who Can See Your Connections. You can make your first-degree connections list visible to just you or to your connections.
When set to Your Connections, your connections can see everyone else with whom you’re connected. At times, this setting is useful, but if you’re unsure whether you want everyone in your network able to communicate with someone else in your network, you may want to change the setting to Only You.
To decide what people will see when they look at your LinkedIn profile Click Change next to the Viewers of This Profile Also Viewed. When someone uses LinkedIn to view different people’s profiles, LinkedIn tracks of which profiles the person viewed.
From that data, LinkedIn can show Internet users, “Hey, people who looked at this person’s profile also viewed these other people.” This setting allows you to tell LinkedIn whether it can display that list of people on your profile page.
To decide when your LinkedIn network learns that you updated your LinkedIn profile Click Change next to Sharing Profile Edits. When this feature is set to Yes, your network gets an update every time you update to your profile, give someone a recommendation, or follow a company.
If you’re self-employed or want to increase your follower base, you probably want to change the setting to Yes, so LinkedIn helps advertise you to your network for free.
If you’re an active job seeker, change this setting to No, so people don’t see the typical flurry of activity that will occur when you look for a job, especially if you’re currently employed and don’t want your current employer to find out.
If you don’t want other LinkedIn members to know that you are viewing their profile Click the Change link next to Profile Viewing Options and choose a private option.
LinkedIn offers its members the ability to see who has viewed their profile, but each user can decide on the particular visibility of those lists. You can decide whether you want your full name and details, limited details, or no details displayed when you view someone’s profile.
When you click the Change link, you are presented with three options: your full name and headline, private profile characteristics (for example, mine displays Business owner in the Retail industry from Greater San Diego Area), and private mode.
If you want your first-degree connections to know when you’re mentioned in the news Click Change next to Notifying Connections When You’re in the News, and make sure the setting is set to Yes.
This setting is helpful if you’re trying to stay “top of mind” with your connections because LinkedIn automatically advertises any article mentions to your network, both in their news feed and, if the members elect to receive email, in an email announcing which of their connections are in the news.
However, if you are trying to keep a low profile or you appear in articles that feature bad news or something you don’t want your connections to learn, change this setting to No.
To add some privacy to your overall LinkedIn profile Click Change next to Who Can See Your Last Name, and select the option that displays only your last initial. Your LinkedIn connections will always be able to see your full name.
After all, they’re part of your network. But if you don’t want to display your full name in your profile, you can use this setting to hide your name from non-connections.
To decide whether anyone can follow your updates Click Blocking and Hide from the left sidebar, and then click Change next to Followers. You can choose everyone on LinkedIn or only your connections.
When you’re building a following, whether you’re a small business owner, an entrepreneur, or someone who posts a lot of articles or information, choose the Everyone on LinkedIn option.
If you’re trying to keep a low profile and don’t want just anyone to track your updates, change the setting to Your Connections so others can’t automatically follow you.
To see the list of people you’ve blocked and decide whether you want to unblock them Click Change next to Blocking. If you see someone’s name that you want to unblock, simply click the Unblock link next to the name.
To see a list of people you’ve unfollowed and decide whether you want to follow them Click Change next to Unfollowed. If you want to start following someone on that list, click the Follow link next to the name.
To decide whether a job poster can view your full profile when you apply for a job that requires that you use the employer’s website to file the application Click Job Seeking from the left sidebar, and then click Change next to Sharing Your Profile When You Click Apply.
To show as available in recruiter searches matching your career interests Click Change next to Let Recruiters Know You’re Open to Opportunities, and then click Yes for the setting that shares your name and allows your name to appear when recruiters search for interested job seekers.
Although LinkedIn will let only recruiters know whether you’ve selected Yes for this setting, there is a slight chance that an employer could learn that you’re open to opportunities. Proceed cautiously, especially if your current employer uses a recruiter to fill current job openings using LinkedIn.
If you want potential contacts to find your profile by using your email address Click Data Privacy and Advertising in the left sidebar and then click Change next to Manage Who Can Discover Your Profile from Your E-Mail Address.
Click Change next to Manage Who Can Discover Your Profile from Your Phone Number if you want those contacts to find you with a phone number search.
When you’re trying to grow your network or build a following, choose Everyone for the settings for who can discover your profile.
If you’re trying to keep a lower profile, set these to 2nd Degree Connections so that only first-degree connections and friends of those connections (that is, second-degree connections) can find you. If you want a very low profile, select Nobody from either list.
To see the salary information you provided to LinkedIn Click Change next to Salary Data on LinkedIn. If you want to delete this information from your account, click the Delete link next to the salary data you want to be deleted.
Note that this data is never visible to anyone else, is not part of your public profile, and is never shared with companies or recruiters.
To associate your account with your current employer’s Company page or any job postings you’re making on behalf of your current employer Click Change next to Representing Your Organization, and then change the setting to Yes. If you don’t want to be automatically associated, make sure the setting is set to No.
If you’re okay with partners of LinkedIn (such as Microsoft Outlook) displaying your public LinkedIn information in their program or app Click Change next to Profile Visibility Off LinkedIn and assign the setting to Yes.
If you are okay with Microsoft Word possibly showing your work experience summary to users who use Resume Assistant in Word Click the Change link next to Microsoft Word, and assign the setting to Yes. As of this writing, only Office 365 users who are part of the Office Insider program can use this feature.
To stop seeing third-party advertising based on your interests Click Change next to Advertising Preferences, and assign the setting to No. If you want advertising targeted to the interests defined in your profile, assign this setting to Yes.
You have opt-out choices as well. With either setting, LinkedIn still displays advertisements when you use its site, especially with a free account.
If you want to add two-step authentication to LinkedIn for enhanced account security Click Security in the left sidebar, and then click Change next to Security. If you’re worried about someone else getting access to and changing your LinkedIn account, you can add two-step verification.
When you add a phone number and turn on two-step verification, LinkedIn will use that phone number to send verification codes anytime a change is attempted from your LinkedIn account.
No change can occur until you enter the verification code. Two-step verification can be cumbersome if you are making a lot of changes or updates, but it also makes it much harder for a stranger to damage your LinkedIn account.
Finalizing Your LinkedIn Communications Settings
Last but definitely not least, you’re ready to look at the third section, the Communications settings. On this Settings page, you see every major facet of communications involving LinkedIn, starting with Basics.
What kind of notifications should LinkedIn alert you to, what kinds of messages you want to receive from members, who can invite you, how often LinkedIn can email you, and what options you want when using LinkedIn messaging.
You also look at group settings, such as whether you are open to receiving invitations to join a LinkedIn group or whether you want your network to know when you join a group. Finally, you check out the Messages section, where you can decide whether you want to receive invitations for LinkedIn research efforts.
To begin reviewing the Communications settings, click the Me icon on the top navigation bar of any LinkedIn page. Below the Account heading, click Settings & Privacy, and then click the Communications header. You can make the following changes to your communications settings
To decide which actions on LinkedIn will appear on your LinkedIn Notifications screen Click Change next to Notifications on LinkedIn. Appears, displaying the major categories of events that can create notifications. Click a category in the Notifications screen.
You see a list of events in that category that could trigger a notification. Each option has a slider button that you can set to On or Off. If you want to be notified when the event occurs, set it to On; otherwise, set it to Off.
To determine how often LinkedIn emails you and for what reasons
Click the Change link next to E-Mail Frequency. The Email Frequency page appears. Each section, such as Invitations, has universal On and Off settings.
Click the Details link to expand the list of options
Review the list of options and decide in each circumstance how you want to receive your emails. The available choices follow:
Repeat these steps for each category in the list of Which Emails Do You Want to Receive. Spending time to visit each category and make wise decisions on what needs an immediate email, what can be summarized in a digest, and what isn’t needed can save you lots of time.
When you have finished with the Email Frequency setting, click the Back to All Settings link.
If you want to control who can send you an invitation to connect on LinkedIn Click the Change link next to Who Can Send You Invitations.
You can choose everyone on LinkedIn; only people who know your email address or appear in your imported contacts list; or only people who appear on your imported contacts list.
If you choose one of the last two options, a new potential contact must either know your email or be someone whom you have imported from your email program, for example. This setting is especially helpful if you need to control who is in your network.
To control unsolicited messages from other LinkedIn members or third parties Click Change next to Messages from Members and Partners. Two questions regarding potential incoming communications appear. You can say Yes or No to receiving an InMail, which is a paid email from a LinkedIn member who is not a member of your network.
You can also say Yes or No to receiving sponsored InMail, which is typically a message containing a marketing or promotional message from a LinkedIn partner or advertiser. Your name and email address are not disclosed by responding Yes; you are simply receiving the message and can decide on your own whether to respond.
To create a more dynamic experience when messaging someone on LinkedIn Click Change next to Read Receipts and Typing Indicators. If you set this option to On, as you are typing a message on LinkedIn, the recipient will see the typing indicator (three dots). (And you will see the typing indicator when the other person is typing.)
In addition, both of you will see a read receipt, which is confirmation that the other party has seen your reply. This feature is similar to that on other social media networks and makes LinkedIn a little more familiar to use when messaging.
To get pre-programmed replies you can click when sending a message Click Change next to Messaging Smart Replies. This feature appears only on certain messages where LinkedIn can automatically provide a potentially helpful reply to an incoming message.
To decide whether you are open to receiving notifications and from and invitations to LinkedIn groups Click Groups from the left sidebar. Click Change next to Group Invitations and change the setting to Yes if you want to receive invitations to join a group.
Click Change next to Group Notifications and change the setting to Yes if you want an update sent to your network when you join a group.
To receive invitations to participate in LinkedIn’s research efforts Click the Change link next to Participate in Research. Or click LinkedIn Messages from the left sidebar. Change the setting to Yes.
This completes your options in Communications settings. Remember, you can always go back and revisit your Account, Privacy, and Communications settings at any time.