Waiting for a way to block specific users on LinkedIn? You’ll be happy to hear about LinkedIn’s new Member Blocking feature, which was announced in February 2014.
Hailed by account holders as a significant improvement, Member Blocking allows you to prevent another user from viewing your professional details.
The feature was built in response to a growing volume of requests from LinkedIn users who found that their workplaces, location, and other details were viewable to potentially dangerous contacts.
Member Blocking requires that you visit the Profile page of the offending party, and choose the “Block or report” option from the Send InMail dropdown list.
There’s a bit more to know, however: here’s the lowdown on what REALLY happens when you block another member, with steps to take if you truly want to avoid releasing details to a potential stalker: (more…)
Trying to keep your LinkedIn Profile information hidden from the prying eyes of your boss or colleagues?
To paraphrase an old advertising slogan: Sorry, Charlie. There’s no way to add information on LinkedIn and prevent it from being seen.
The confusion arises when LinkedIn users see the option for a Public Profile and believe its purpose is to lock down information. (It’s actually a way to prevent access to your Profile from outside of LinkedIn or by users with no LinkedIn account.)
Even the information from LinkedIn’s Help Center makes it clear that you can’t prevent access to your Profile… yet the myth of “privacy” continues to exist. Just Google “How to make LinkedIn Profile private” and you’ll see the same misinformation, over and over.
Here’s 5 reasons why your LinkedIn data is (almost) always 100% public:
1) The Public Profile doesn’t do what you think it does.
LinkedIn offers you the option of a privacy option for your Public Profile. Again, this is for the URL TO YOUR PROFILE, not the Profile itself! (more…)
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