Although your LinkedIn profile is in the public domain and can be easily viewed by others, you certainly do not want your personally identifiable information to be disseminated on social networks.
Luckily, LinkedIn lets you adjust who can see and search your profile. Here are some tips for effectively managing the visibility of your LinkedIn profile.
1. Adjust how your LinkedIn profile is displayed
A useful feature of LinkedIn is its profile display options. Here you can set whether other LinkedIn users can see if you have viewed their profile.
To access your profile viewing options on LinkedIn, click Me > Settings and Privacy > Visibility > Visibility of your profile and your network.
You can choose to allow them to see your name and title if you want them to be able to contact you.
Alternatively, you can hide your name and title and show only where you work or use Private Mode which will only display the anonymous LinkedIn member.
To change your profile display options, simply click Switch and select your preferred profile view option. Click on close once you have finished.
If you select Private Modeyou will not be able to see who viewed your LinkedIn profile.
2. Edit and preview your public profile information
People who are not logged in can see your LinkedIn profile if you appear in a search, for example. Here you can choose how you appear to them.
It’s important that you preview your current public profile first to see if any changes are needed. To do this, click on Edit your public profile Or on Switch below the Visibility settings.
Your profile visibility is set to Public by default. To change this, go to the Change visibility section, scroll down and select how you want your profile to be displayed to the public.
However, note that regardless of your selection, your name, connections, and region will still be visible on your profile.
Scroll down and use the toggle switch to toggle on/off any information you don’t want to show on your public profile, ranging from your background photo to the groups you belong to.
3. Decide who can see or download your email address
Your email address may be viewed or downloaded from your LinkedIn profile depending on your privacy settings. This is a concern for people who do not want to receive unsolicited emails or be added to mailing lists. Luckily, you can change who can see or download your email address.
Still under Visibility Settings, click Switch for Who can see or download your email address. Now select who can see your email from the drop-down menu. You can only choose yourself, first or second degree connections, or anyone on LinkedIn.
This setting is set to first degree connections by default. If someone exports their data from LinkedIn, they will be able to download your email address. To avoid this, simply enable or disable the toggle button.
4. Change who can see your last name
Your first and last name may be used to identify you. If you don’t want everyone to see your first and last name on LinkedIn, here’s what to do.
To do this, go to the tab Who can see your last name. Here you can choose exactly how you want your name to appear. By default, your full name will be visible.
However, you can replace it with your first name and initial. With this setting, anyone who is not a login will see this initial instead of your full name.
However, anyone (logged in or not) who searches for you using your full name will still be able to find your LinkedIn profile.
5. Control your profile’s visibility outside of LinkedIn
Some approved apps and services can find and display information from your LinkedIn profile if you allow them. This is another reminder of the amount of information people put out on social media.
Applications like Outlook and some recruiting tools can extract relevant information from your LinkedIn profile. You can change it by clicking on Profile visibility and discovery outside of LinkedIn below Visibility settings.
Now click on the permission toggle button to toggle it from Yes for Nope. You can always return to the default setting.
6. Choose who can discover your profile using your email address
People can find your LinkedIn profile in several ways. Often people can find you using your name or email address.
But you can block people from searching for you using your email address. Click on Profile discovery using an email address below Visibility settings. Next, select who can discover your profile and contact you using your email address.
This is set to Everyone on LinkedIn by default.
7. Control who can discover your profile using your phone number
If you’ve added your phone number to your LinkedIn profile, people can use it to find you on the platform. Again, just like in Profile Discovery Using Email above, you can customize how your profile is discovered using your phone number.
Click on Profile discovery using phone number below Security and privacy and select who can discover and contact you using your phone number if they haven’t already joined your network.
If you want more control over the privacy of your LinkedIn profile, you can also set who can send you LinkedIn invitations.
Control how others see and interact with your LinkedIn profile
People are always consulting other people on LinkedIn and social media in general. You can tell by the number of “Someone viewed your profile” notifications you receive on a regular basis.
Sharing too much information can expose you to spammers and sharing too little can rob you of real opportunities. Be sure to tweak your settings to find your preferred balance.
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