Social Networks

Published on March 29th, 2013 | by adminbill

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Linkedin

A popular social networking site that’s mainly used by professionals to connect with other professionals. There are reportedly over 260 million users who use LinkedIn.

Linking In

LinkedIn’s password policy is very straightforward. When signing up for an account, you have to type in a username, a valid email address and a password that’s at least six characters long. There seems to be no limitations on mixing cases, numerals or symbols in your password, but LinkedIn does not provide any indication in this regard.

Solid Connections

LinkedIn has been offering an opt-in https browsing option to its users since February 2012. You can access turn on https by clicking on your profile picture at the top-right of the screen and selecting ‘Privacy & Settings’ from the drop-down list. On the Settings screen, click on the Account tab at the bottom of the screen and then click on ‘Manage Security Settings’ under the Settings list. Check the book under the Secure Connection area to enable safe browsing.

You can use the same procedure outlined above to switch on two-step verification on sign-in. Turning this feature on will sign you out from any device that you are currently signed in with. You will then have to enter a mobile phone number to be able to receive the verification code by text the first time you sign in with a new device or LinkedIn mobile application.

Doing Safety Like A Pro

Security settings on LinkedIn are somewhat limited to safe browsing and two-step verification. The security settings can be found in the account settings panel that can be accessed by clicking on your profile picture at the top-right of the screen and choosing ‘Privacy & Settings’ from the drop-down menu. You can change your password on this screen as well as access the security settings by clicking on the Account tab.

Who’s In The Loop About You?

LinkedIn uses the information that you provide them with to customize your experience and the experiences of others using the service. It may also share your personal information with LinkedIn affiliates and third party companies or applications that are engaged by LinkedIn to do work on its behalf.  Linkedin does not rent or sell your personal information and will only share it provided you have given your consent.

Linking Out

Deleting your LinkedIn account is fairly easy to do. After clicking on your profile picture at the at the top-right of the screen, select ‘Privacy & Settings’ from the drop-down list, once the Settings page loads, click on the Account tab at the bottom of the screen and then click on the ‘Close your account’ link.  After inputting your password, you will be presented with a list of reasons for leaving the service. Click on ‘Verify Account’ and then ‘Close Account’ to permanently delete your account. Although your account is closed immediately, your public profile and data may take up to 72 hours to be completely removed..

Weakest Link?

LinkedIn has been featured in the news several times in connection with hacking reports. A significant attack took place on June 2012, when passwords for nearly 6.5 million user accounts were compromised in a major security breach orchestrated by Russian cyber criminals. The owners of the hacked accounts could not log into their accounts, and following the reports, LinkedIn encouraged its users to change their passwords.

Adding Third Party Apps

You can use your LinkedIn account to connect with a variety of third-party websites or applications.  As a LinkedIn member, when you use these third parties, information will be shared to personalize the functionality on third-party sites.  This will include providing you insights from your network and allowing you to share information with your network. LinkedIn does not hold itself responsible for third parties’ use of your information and recommends you consider carefully which services to trust with your account details.

Checking In On Your Data

On LinkedIn’s account settings page, clicking on the ‘Groups, Companies & Applications’ tab gives you the option to view all third-party applications that use your data and revoke authorisation. You also use the same section to access the privacy settings for LinkedIn plugins and apps as well as turning off data sharing with external websites or applications.

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