6 ways to control your LinkedIn privacy settings


LinkedIn privacy settings“Privacy is on life support” is a saying I heard recently and I am not just talking about what you say on Twitter or Facebook.

We are all pretty much up with the play with our Facebook privacy settings, but have you thought about what privacy settings you should be using on your LinkedIn profile if any?

Consider looking at making some privacy changes if you are:

  • A job seeker who is still employed
  • Recruiting “under the radar”
  • Someone who wants to keep their connections private
  • Unsure what options are available to you
  • Simply a very private person

What can you do?

By clicking the SETTINGS link, which is at the top right of your LinkedIn page under your name, you will find the options open to you.

These are the choices of privacy settings that are open to you. Let’s look at what they mean and how to control them:

  • Turn on / off your activity broadcasts. Each time you make a change to your profile such as edit your current position, if this option is turned on, everyone you are directly connected to i.e. your 1st degree connections, will all be notified via an alert sent to their home page. This alert is also triggered when you make a recommendation, or follow a company, and will also be shared in your own activity feed.

If you are a job seeker, then you may want to turn this off, you don’t want your boss to see you perfecting your LinkedIn profile in interview preparation and following your business’ competition.

  • Select who can see your activity feed. This can be customized so that anything that appears in your activity feed is only seen by just yourself, your 1st degree connections, your greater network or absolutely everyone. Again, if you are a job seeker, then select just yourself.
  • Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile. If you are looking at others’ profiles for maybe pre interview intelligence, or if you are actively recruiting a position, you may feel comfortable letting that person who’s profile you have viewed know that you have been by. If you wish to remain incognito, then you can choose to simply be known as “someone in your industry and title”, or completely anonymous with “anonymous user”.

Even if you have the premium account, you won’t be able to see any more information about someone if they have chosen to limit their privacy settings.

  • Select who can see your connections. Only people in your 1st degree will be able to see your connections, no one else, and some industries, particularly recruitment, seem to keep them locked down, out of the prying eyes of the competition with the thought that others will see their client base.  I wish all of my connections were clients if that is the case!

Again, the choice is yours whether you keep them on display for your connections to see. If you do choose to hide them, any shared connections you have with this person, will still be on view as LinkedIn figures you both know that person, so it doesn’t matter.

  • Change your profile photo and visibility. You can set this so that your photo is visible to your 1st degree connections, your greater network or open to everyone.

If you don’t want others to see your picture, then set it to connections only. It is important to have an up to date photo on your LinkedIn profile as you are several times more likely to show up in search results with a complete profile, so if you are looking to expand your business or be recruited, this is a must.

  • Viewers of this profile also viewed. If you don’t want people to go snooping around looking at your competition, or recruiters looking at the rest of your team, then this is something you may want to turn off. As a professional speaker, I don’t want to advertise on my page who others have looked at and give them any ideas.

Once this is turned off, you can’t see who you are being compared to either, so decide on what is important to you.

No matter what your reason is for making an adjustment to your privacy settings, it’s better to have the knowledge to make the right decision than find out the hard way if you show something you wish you hadn’t.

Have you considered your LinkedIn privacy settings? Will you make any changes after reading this article?

 

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