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I spend much of my time either researching new developments in my industry or training people of all ages. I love to dive into settings for my clients so that I can quickly take care of the most nefarious and get them optimized right away. This is where I find many people run out of steam and give up because it’s simply too much and generally confusing. There are so many gems hidden away in these sections that I encourage you to explore regularly. I found a few LinkedIn privacy settings I wanted you to know about.

These settings are about sharing your data with outside vendors and if LinkedIn can use your likeness in their advertising. I’d recommend turning both of these off. Here’s how:

  • Log in to LinkedIn
  • Hover over your name in the upper right hand corner and Settings shows up on the drop down list, select
  • At bottom left, look for Groups, Associations, and Applications, select it
  • Under Privacy Controls, there is “Turn on/off data sharing with 3rd party applications”. Select or deselect at will.
  • Again under Privacy Controls, there is “Manage settings for LinkedIn plugins on third party sites”
  • This one is important: on the Account tab, there is “Manage Social Advertising”. This is where you select whether or not LinkedIn may use your name and photo in social advertising.

I recommend reading each of these carefully but I would bet money that you don’t know these settings are even there. In fact, I recommend regularly inspecting your privacy settings on all social media channels since they like to make changes without telling you about it. Make sure you know where your data is going. I actually chose to keep the first two I mentioned but I opted out of social advertising. Be educated. Knowledge is power.

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