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tips to protect your account

There was a security breach on LinkedIn in 2012, with various data stolen by “hackers”. Now that data is being sold.

The issue of Internet security continues to be a very present issue in our daily lives, and particularly in the world of work – it is an area to which companies and users cannot ignore. Therefore, the security on LinkedIn It’s also something you should take into account.

Almost every week we hear about cyberattacks on large companies and government structures, often with the aim of stealing valuable information or gaining access to confidential data.

The degree of damage caused by these types of attacks depends on how well the target is prepared. Companies or users who have not been careful can suffer very hard blows – to the point where they can never recover the pirated information.

Social networks are also one of the constant targets of this type of attacks, and their security is essential for their survival. So it’s no wonder that all these social media companies are serious about cybersecurity.

A security breach in a social network such as Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn, can have very harmful consequences for users, who often see their accounts stolen by hackers, and often fail to recover them.

LinkedIn security is the security of a large part of the world of work

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LinkedIn is a rapidly growing social network for professional contacts – if in 2016 it had 433 million users, in 2022 that number has doubled and reached 810 million, spread across 200 countries.

As more and more people rely on LinkedIn to find job opportunities, a security breach could seriously jeopardize your professional life. The hard work of many years, establishing contacts, could go down the drain in minutes.

That’s why it’s extremely important that you don’t be careless, and take the necessary steps to prevent something from happening to your LinkedIn account. Or that, if it happens, that the damage is as little as possible.

Here are some tips to keep you safe on LinkedIn

First of all, find out if your account has ever been hacked

An Australian computer security expert, Troy Hunt, has created a website where you can see if your account has been compromised.

Just go to the website and search for your email or username. Your data will be compared with more than 500 million accounts, not only on LinkedIn but on 106 sites, such as Adobe.

If you are in this database, you must change your passwords.

How to do it? Is easy. Just go to www.linkedin.com, login with your original login, go to “settings and privacy” and then choose “change password”.

As we are used to using the same password on several different sites, the ideal is to make this change in all services where you use this email.

Confirm that your data is on this list and follow these safety advice!

Change your account password regularly

Use your Google calendar, for example, to set a reminder every two months to change your password.

Choose strong passwords of 10 or more characters that cannot be easily guessed

Use a mix of alphabetic and numeric characters, with both uppercase and lowercase characters. Use symbols if possible. Spaces are not – spaces are not allowed in the LinkedIn password, as in most systems.

Protect yourself from fraudulent messages and phishing. Be careful when opening, reading and replying to incoming messages

Be aware when, for example, employers ask you to send personal information to email addresses that are not associated with the company, or when they ask for amounts of money, for registration, or other actions.

As with any situation on the Internet, whenever someone requests money through a LinkedIn message, it is almost certainly fraud.

LinkedIn is also subject to phishing attempts. So always be aware when in a message you are asked to click on a link. Unless it’s someone you really trust, never open it. Likewise, never provide bank or other details.

Trigger the ability to enable 2-step account verification

As with most platforms, LinkedIn allows the verification of user accounts to be carried out in two parts. For example, sending a code to your mobile phone, to confirm that it is really the user accessing your account.

To configure this option, click on “Account” and then on “Settings & Privacy”, followed by “Sign In & Security” and swipe down until you find “2-Step Verification” click to enable, choose the verification method and follow the instructions. instructions

Omit personal contact details from your profile

Especially if your profile is public, and accessible to anyone who visits your profile page, disclosing personal contact details such as email or phone can be a blunder. Don’t be surprised later if you start receiving unsolicited emails or phone calls.

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