If you utilize LinkedIn services with the only the default username and password authentication you are at risk of getting hacked, even if you have an account that you rarely access and use.
Nothing can keep you LinkedIn account “secure”, but you can greatly lessen your risks by following the steps below and enabling dual-factor authentication.
Two-step verification requires a person to use more than one form of verification to access an account, usually by "knowing something" such as a password and by "having something" such as a mobile device. Two-step verification can greatly reduce identity theft and unauthorized access to sensitive information since most accounts become compromised from new or unknown computers or devices.
LinkedIn offers members the ability to turn on two-step verification for their accounts, which requires an account password and a numeric code sent to your phone via SMS whenever we don't recognize the device you're attempting to sign in from. In other words, any malicious attempts to access your account will require your password as well as access to your mobile phone.
Turning Two-Step Verification On and Off
Please note, you'll have to have a mobile phone number associated with your LinkedIn account before you can complete the two-step verification. You can add and remove phone numbers on your LinkedIn account at any time.
- Click the Me icon at top of your LinkedIn homepage.
- Select Settings & Privacy from the dropdown.
- Under the Login and security section of the Account tab, click Change next to Two-step verification.
- Click Turn on to change the status of two-step verification.
- Note: You may be asked to enter your password for security reasons. If you have a mobile phone number associated with your account, you will automatically receive a verification code sent to that number.
- Once you receive the code sent to your phone, enter it into the box on the device you're using to sign in.
- Click Verify.