Beware of LinkedIn automatic status updates
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Like most social media platforms, LinkedIn contains numerous default settings that many privacy-conscious users will want to know about. Whenever a LinkedIn user changes job, endorses a connection’s skill or makes changes to her or his profile, all connections will automatically see these too.

You might want to consider your LinkedIn notifications if you’re connected with your boss or supervisor. Frequent status updates, such as following new companies and changes to your profile might be giving your boss the impression you’re trying to make yourself more appealing to other employers. Or perhaps your colleagues don’t agree with enhancements you make to your job description?

When you make changes to your current job title, your connections may even get an email inviting them to congratulate you, depending on their email settings.

LinkedIn Congratulations new job

Screenshot: linkedin.com

Taking control of your automatic status updates

Go to the Account & Settings drop down menu (you’ll find it on the top right hand corner where you see your profile picture), and select Privacy & Settings.

To stop LinkedIn from automatically adding profile changes to your feed, click on “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts” and untick the box.

LinkedIn activity broadcasts

Screenshot: linkedin.com/settings

Take a minute to look at the remaining LinkedIn privacy settings. You may want to change what other can see when you view their profiles.

If you don’t want your data to be used for third-party advertising, you can go to Manage Advertising Preferences and untick the boxes at the end.

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Screenshot: linkedin.com/settings

Feature image: Photo of LinkedIn homepage on a monitor screen through a magnifying glass via Shutterstock. Copyright: Gil C

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