LinkedIn privacy settings on Android: Medium level

Learn how to change your privacy settings on LinkedIn using Android. These steps adjust your privacy and security settings to Medium level protection.
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How to protect yourself against hacking

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Set a strong password

What for: So you do not get hacked.

If you are using a short and simple password, cybercriminals can guess it and steal your account. A long and complex password is more secure. Use a strong password that:

  • Is at least 8 characters long,
  • Contains lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters ($, @, etc.),
  • Is not an actual word or easy-to-guess phrase,
  • Is not the same as your passwords for any other accounts,
  • Does not consist of information that strangers could easily find out (your name, date of birth, pet's name, and so forth — or those of your friends or relatives).

To change your LinkedIn password:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the ACCOUNT section and tap Change password;
  3. Enter your current password;
  4. Enter a new strong password (twice);
  5. Tick the Require all devices to sign in with new password check box;
  6. Tap Save.

Enable two-step verification

What for: Stronger protection against hacking.

Enhance the security of your account with two-step verification. Then, every time you try to sign in to your LinkedIn account, you will have to provide a one-time code that you receive by text message or through an authentication app. That way, even if cybercriminals find out your login and password, they will not be able to use your account.

To enable two-step verification by text message:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the ACCOUNT section;
  3. Tap Two-step verification;
  4. Tap ON next to Two-step verification is turned off (if you never turned on two-step verification, tap Set up);
  5. In the Choose your verification method drop-down list, select Phone Number (SMS) and tap Continue;
  6. Enter your phone number if you have not done so already, then enter your LinkedIn account password and tap Send code;
  7. In the corresponding box on the page, enter the verification code you receive and click Verify.

To receive verification codes through an authenticator app:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings from the drop-down list;
  2. In the window that opens, go to the ACCOUNT section and select Two-step verification;
  3. Make sure that two-step verification is turned on;
  4. Tap Change verification method. In the Choose your verification method drop-down list, select Authenticator App and tap Continue;
  5. Enter your LinkedIn account password and tap Submit;
  6. Add your LinkedIn account to the app by using the QR code or the secret key provided on the screen;
  7. Get the 6-digit verification code in the authenticator app and enter it in the corresponding box;
  8. Tap Verify.



How to hide your data from prying eyes

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Limit the visibility of your personal data

What for: So that strangers do not learn too much about you.

By default, your LinkedIn profile data is visible to all users, even if they do not have an account. In addition, your profile information is indexed by search engines and ends up in their search results. If you want to restrict access to this data, make your profile private:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the PRIVACY section;
  3. Select Edit your public profile;
  4. Under Edit Visibility, turn off Your profile's public visibility.

If you do not want to make your profile completely private, configure the visibility of the following items individually:

  • Public profile data,
  • Connections,
  • Last name,
  • Your data intended for users of external resources such as Outlook where LinkedIn contact cards can be added.

To configure which of your account data will be public, do the following under Edit Visibility:

  1. Select who may view your Profile Photo;
  2. Limit the visibility of the Headline, Current Experience, and Past Experience fields to keep them from being seen by all users.

To configure the visibility of your connections:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the PRIVACY section;
  3. Select the following:
  4. Who can see your connections
  5. Who can see your last name
  6. Who can see your email address;
  7. To block search engines from accessing your profile data, tap Visibility off LinkedIn and turn off this option.

Keep others from downloading your e-mail address when exporting data

What for: To avoid ending up in a spam e-mail database.

The LinkedIn data export capability enables users to download the e-mail addresses of all their connections. Cybercriminals can create a fake account, add users to their connections, and download their e-mail addresses to obtain a list for mass spam e-mails. To keep people from downloading your e-mail address when exporting data:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the PRIVACY section;
  3. Tap Who can see your email address;
  4. Select Only visible to me;
  5. Turn off the toggle under Allow your connections to download your email in their data export?

Hide information about which profiles you view

What for: To keep strangers from learning who and what you are interested in.

By default, all LinkedIn users can see the photo and name of people who visited their page. If you do not want to inform profile owners that you viewed their data, hide information about your visits:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the PRIVACY section;
  3. Tap Profile viewing options;
  4. Select Private mode.

Downside: If you have a basic account, you will not be able to see who viewed your profile. If you have Premium status, you will see all visitors of your page except for those using private mode.

Hide your activities and mentions of your profile from others

What for: So that strangers do not learn too much about you.

LinkedIn users can receive notifications regarding changes to your profile data and mentions of your account in other members' news or posts. If you do not want strangers to keep tabs on your life, turn off this feature:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the PRIVACY section;
  3. Disable the options:
  4. Share job changes, education changes and work anniversaries from profile
  5. Notifying connections when you're in the news

To delete mentions and tags by other users, do the following in the Settings menu:

  1. Go to the ACCOUNT section;
  2. Tap Mentions or tags by others and turn off this option.

If you want to delete a mention of you from another user's post:

  1. Open the post from which you want to remove the mention;
  2. Tap the three-dot button in the upper-right corner of the window;
  3. Select Remove mention;
  4. Tap REMOVE.

Keep strangers from tracking your activities

What for: To avoid being spied on.

By default, all LinkedIn users can follow you and receive notifications about your activity. To keep anyone who is not one of your connections from following you:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the PRIVACY section;
  3. Under Who can follow you, select Followers;
  4. Tap Your connections.


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Clear your search history

What for: To keep LinkedIn from learning what you are interested in.

LinkedIn saves your search queries to personalize your searches, ads, and news feed. If you do not want your search queries to be used for personalization of social network content, keep the service from saving them:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the PRIVACY section;
  3. Tap Search history;
  4. Tap Clear search history and confirm this action.

Stop saving answers to applications from employers

What for: To hide from LinkedIn how you respond to employers.

When you respond to a job opening, the employer may ask you to fill out an application on their website or on LinkedIn. In both cases, LinkedIn saves your answers and uses them to improve the service and enhance targeted ad selection. If you do not want to share your answers with LinkedIn, keep it from saving this information:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the PRIVACY section;
  3. Tap Job application settings;
  4. Turn off Save and manage your resumes and answers.

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How to configure notifications

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Disable unwanted notifications

What for: To avoid distractions and focus on what is important.

Notifications about private messages, comments and other activity in LinkedIn may appear as pop-up messages or arrive by e-mail. Frequent notifications can be annoying, and getting a large number of them increases the chances that you will miss something important.

To disable excessive notifications:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the COMMUNICATIONS section;
  3. Under Notifications by channel, go through the On LinkedIn, Email, and Push sections and turn off the notifications you do not want to receive.

Turn off push notifications

What for: To keep strangers from seeing your notifications.

Pop-up notifications about incoming messages, invitations, job openings, and your network connections’ activities will be visible even if you are not on the LinkedIn website. They may also appear on your device sign-in screen. If you do not want strangers to see them in your absence, disable push notifications:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the COMMUNICATIONS section;
  3. Under Notifications by channel, go through the Push section and turn off all notifications for all categories.

Downside: You will be able to view notifications only on the LinkedIn website.


How to make LinkedIn more convenient

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Block unwanted users

What for: To avoid communicating with unpleasant people.

To block a user from viewing your profile, commenting on your posts, or sending you messages, add them to your blacklist:

  1. Go to the profile of the user you want to block;
  2. Tap in the profile header;
  3. Select Report or block;
  4. Tap Block member;
  5. Tap Block.

The blocked user will not know you added them to your blacklist.

Limit the visibility of your network status

What for: To hide that you are online.

By default, all LinkedIn users can see when you are on the website or when you were last logged in. If you do not want strangers to know when you are online, make your network status visible to your contacts only or to nobody.

To configure your network status:

  1. Tap your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings;
  2. Go to the PRIVACY section;
  3. Tap Manage active status;
  4. Select Your Connections only or No one.

Downside: You also will not be able to see the network status of other users.


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