Secure your LinkedIn account
LinkedIn is a great form of social media for professional use It is also a source of information for cybercriminals and a means of making contact with you without drawing your attention to the fact that the conversation is fraudulent. You should be aware that LinkedIn is the first source of information used by hackers when they are preparing an attack against a company.
Secure access to your LinkedIn account
Your LinkedIn account is personal. It contains information about you that you don’t particularly want made public. Securing access to your account helps protect you and your contacts by preventing a cybercriminal pretending to be you from your account.
LinkedIn has already fallen victim to data leaks. If you have been using the same password for a long time, you should change it.
Our advice: use a passphrase, easier to remember and more secure.
Activate two-step verification. It’s simple, secure, free and secures your LinkedIn account in the event your password is hacked.
You will receive a free SMS with a code when you log on to LinkedIn for the first time from a new device. You will know when a scammer tries to log on to your account, as you will receive this SMS.
These preferences are set by LinkedIn by default. It is always worth looking to see if they correspond to what you want. Who can see your profile? What can people see? Are my email address and telephone number public? You can change these settings.
Be careful about exchanging information via LinkedIn
A lot of personal information about you can be found on your LinkedIn profile: where you studied, your skills and abilities, your experience. This information can be used to approach you and breach your company’s security.
It is very easy to create a false profile on LinkedIn. When you receive a connection request, check the person’s profile. You will quickly see if the profile is normal or not. The number of common connections is also information, although you need to be careful, other people may have been deceived before you.
If you notice a false profile, inform LinkedIn.
If someone asks you for information in a LinkedIn message, you should be careful. Never share confidential or strategic information on LinkedIn. If the request comes from someone you know and to whom you can send this kind of information, send it by email. It’s more secure.
Clicking on a link in a LinkedIn message is like clicking on a link in an email. You need to be careful. We strongly recommend not doing so. Once again, you don’t know who is on the other end of the communication.
Think before posting
The information you post on LinkedIn is public.
Be careful when putting online information about your company in the form of a link, text or image. A photograph taken on the company’s premises may reveal information that should not be public. The same applies if the photo identifies people other than you. Have you asked for their consent before posting this information?
A LinkedIn user charter for your company
By displaying your position on LinkedIn, you are sharing information about your company. Some companies have introduced a LinkedIn user charter to protect their employees and activities. If that is not the case, it may worth creating this charter and promoting it within the company. Some companies or organisations have posted their charter on the internet. It’s a good source of inspiration.