I enjoyed a miraculous sunrise over the bay…how was the start to your day? Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me, I have something important to share!
Today, take 3 minutes to protect your LinkedIn Account from getting hacked, you’ll be glad you did!
As always, I wish you much success~
Xo – Charlyn
Step 1: Add your mobile number
This is a fast, simple and secure key to ensuring you, and only you, can access your LinkedIn profile – because it’s highly likely that you are the only person with 24/7 access to your mobile phone.
First, log in to LinkedIn, (you likely already are if you’re reading this) and then click on your little profile photo at top right to access your security settings – as shown below.
Figure 1: Go to the ‘Privacy & Settings’ page on LinkedIn
Now you’ll see the simple options to add a phone number, and also check what devices are logged in and where, which we’ll cover in Step 2.
A shortcut to get here (once you’re logged in) is: https://www.linkedin.com/settings/
Figure 2 below shows the screen of information you will see after you’ve clicked through on Privacy & Settings:
Figure 2: Add a phone number to your LinkedIn
Once you’ve clicked through to Add/Remove Phone numbers, (1: in red above) Figure 3 shows the screen of information you need to complete to add a phone number:
Figure 3: Adding a Phone number to LinkedIn. [Click to see full graphic]
You’ll then be prompted to enter a security code, which will be sent to you via an SMS message to the phone number you’ve just added to LinkedIn.
Once you have verified your mobile number by entering this security code, your mobile will be registered to your LinkedIn account.
What this means is that, in future, you’ll need to enter a verification code sent to your mobile number whenever you try to access LinkedIn from a new device – for example your phone or tablet, or a home computer, or if you access it from a new location if you’re travelling.
So… if anyone else tries to access your LinkedIn account, you’ll be notified right away, because you’ll receive an SMS message and also receive (Figure 5 shows an example) an email to your main registered email address.
Naturally, if someone is trying to hack in to your account from their won device (which will register as a new device with LinkedIn), they’ll be unable to make any progress even if they enter a correct password, because they will not have received the verification code.
- By the way, I’d recommend having an additionalemail address registered to your account. You can add a new email address by clicking on ‘Change/Add’ beside Primary Email, as shown in Figure 2 above.
Step 2: Check where you’re logged on to LinkedIn
Now that you’ve set up your phone number with LinkedIn, it’s worth now checking to see what devices are actually logged in to sessions for your LinkedIn account, and if necessary, signing out from any that are active that might present a security risk.
For example, your work computer may still be logged in to LinkedIn, or a tablet that other people have access to – and so you can sign out those devices from this screen.
- Shortcut to this: https://www.linkedin.com/settings/sessions
Figure 4: Check devices currently logged in to LinkedIn [Click for full graphic]
You can see that I’m logged in to 3 sessions here – my Laptop, my iPhone and my iPad. All are working from the same IP address and from the same location using my home Wi-Fi, so there is nothing scary there. However, I should probably sign out of my iPad because someone else in my family is currently using it, and I neglected to sign out.
In the same way, you can see if some device you do not recognize is logged in, and sign that device out immediately. The fact you can see the location and the browser and operating system helps you spot anything unusual.
- If you spot a device logged in in a country you’ve never visited, note the details to send to LinkedIn, and sign it out, fast!
Step 3: Test a login on a new device or a new IP address
This is a useful step to make sure your new security settings are operational. Try logging on from a new device, such as your phone or tablet, or in a new location such as another city or a public Wi-Fi zone.
- You’ll be prompted to enter a security code as soon as you do this – and this code, of course, will come onlyto the phone you registered with LinkedIn.
Enter the security code, and your new device will then be registered as an authorized device. This works in the same way if you’re using a new IP address in a new location.
Step 4: Check your email
At the same time as you carry out Step 3, you’ll also receive an email from LinkedIn Security to let you know that access has been attempted from a new device or new IP address / location. An example of this email is shown below.
As you can see, you can immediately spot anything suspicious when you get this email, and anyone trying to get unauthorized access cannot do so without entering the security code that is ONLY sent to your number. So unless they’ve got your phone, you’re safe from attack.
If something like this does happen, it’s worth changing your LinkedIn password (registering your home/mobile email address with LinkedIn is useful in this respect) and contacting LinkedIn to inform them. It also goes without saying, that your LinkedIn password should be quite different from your email password.
- There’s a useful guide to creating highly secure passwords here: https://open.bufferapp.com/creating-a-secure-password/
So as you can see, the simple procedure of linking your mobile number to your LinkedIn account means the chances of unauthorized access to your LinkedIn account are drastically reduced.
If you have not carried this simple procedure, please do it now.