10 ways to make sure LinkedIn doesn’t compromise your Cyber Security !

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LinkedIn is a personal networking tool favoured and trusted by many employees

It provides a ‘shop window’ for individuals to the world and allows people to connect to colleagues past, present and future. Its one of the largest global recruitment platforms.

However that visibility can also create security issues for you personally and your employer/business. LinkedIn is a favoured site for cyber criminals and can provide them with valuable information to:

Create targeted phishing attacks – using your contacts or role description for deception

Identify core projects, budgets and opportunities – valuable data in the wrong hands

Steal your identity – by cloning your details

So here’s 10 ways to maximise your online security when using LInkedIn :

  1. Don’t use your work email address as your LinkedIn ID. Using your work email address can attract cyber criminals looking to attack your work email systems. Cyber criminals can steal lists of employees by their emails and use them to attack the organisation
  2. Change your LinkedIn password regularly and make sure you set a reasonably complex password (9 characters including a capital letter and a symbol at least !)
  3. Question whether contacts are genuine. Make sure that the contacts you connect with are people you know or are legitimate. Hackers use fake LinkedIn profiles to connect with you and steal your information
  4. Don’t advertise your levels of financial authority .If you let the cyber criminals know this, they may target you and be able to use this information to defraud your business or for financial gain.
  5. Don’t rely on privacy settings. Although there are privacy settings you can change, any LinkedIn user will be able to view the majority, if not all of your profile.
  6. See your profile though the eyes of a cyber criminal – are you giving away anything that could make you a target?
  7. Don’t disclose your location details.Too much information on your physical location allows criminals to better target you and your colleagues. It could also lead to direct physical contact.
  8. Consider using 2-step verification.Can reduce the risk of cyber criminals hacking into your account
  9. Consider the publishing of qualifications/ university attendance. Its good for your personal brand and for prospective employees to see this on your profiles, although consider this extra information is useful for cyber criminals to build a profile on you that may be used for impersonation.
  10. Consider the use of your photo.If you are in a high risk role, you might consider removing your photo, although we appreciate for many this may be an unnecessary step. Photos can help cyber criminals to physically identify you, create false social media accounts in your name or help people validate other online information. Photos can even be used in fake ID cards.

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