LinkedIn privacy settings on Mac: Relaxed level

Learn how to change your privacy settings on LinkedIn using Mac. These steps adjust your privacy and security settings to Relaxed level protection.
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How to keep your account from getting hacked

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Set a strong password

What for: So you don't get hacked.

If your password is short and simple, cybercriminals can guess it and hijack 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. Click your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings & Privacy;
  2. Go to Sign in & Security section and click 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. Click Save.

Enable two-step verification

What for: So you definitely don't get hacked.

You can increase the security of your account by enabling two-step verification. Then, every time you try to sign in to your LinkedIn account, you will have to provide a one-time code received via text message or through a special app. Even if cybercriminals get hold of your username and password, they will not be able to log in to your account without this code.

To enable two-step verification via text message:

  1. Click your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings & Privacy;
  2. Go to the Sign in & Security section and click Two-step verification;
  3. Click Turn on next to Two-step verification is turned off;
  4. In the Choose your verification method drop-down list, select Phone Number (SMS) and click Continue;
  5. Enter your LinkedIn account password and click Done;
  6. In the corresponding box on the page, enter the verification code you've received and click Verify.

To receive verification codes through an authenticator app:

  1. Click your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings & Privacy from the drop-down list;
  2. Go to the Sign in & Security section and click Two-step verification;
  3. Make sure that two-step verification is turned on;
  4. Click Change verification method, select Authenticator App in the drop-down list, and click Continue;
  5. Enter your LinkedIn account password and click Done;
  6. Add your LinkedIn account to the app by using the QR code or the secret key provided on the screen;
  7. Get your verification code in the app and enter it under Enter the 6-digit code generated by your Authenticator app;
  8. Click Continue.


How to configure notifications

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Disable unwanted notifications

What for: To avoid distractions.

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. Click your profile picture in the top menu and select Settings & Privacy;
  2. Go to the Communications section;
  3. Under How you get your notifications, go through the On LinkedIn, Email, and Push sections and turn off the notifications you do not want to receive.

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Block unwanted users

What for: To avoid unpleasant people.

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

  1. Go to the profile of the user you wish to block;
  2. Click More… in the profile header;
  3. Select Report/Block;
  4. Click Block member;
  5. Click Block.

The user will not know you've blocked them.


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Basic privacy settings, maximum convenience.


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A golden mean respecting privacy matters but preserving convenience.


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A choice of security over convenience; instructions contain a lot of details.

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