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LinkedIn Set­tings

LinkedIn offers a mul­ti­tude of con­fig­u­ra­tion options. It is not always easy to keep track of all the var­ious set­tings offered and to select the best set­tings for your pur­poses. Our check­list is meant to assist you to pro­tect your account and all your pub­lished infor­ma­tion in the best pos­sible way.

We have tried to draw up as uni­ver­sally applic­able a set of instruc­tions for pri­vate users as pos­sible. Nev­er­the­less, the indi­vidual con­fig­u­ra­tion options and set­tings may differ in spe­cific cases. This check­list refers to the LinkedIn set­tings avail­able as of 6th May 2021 as dis­played in a desktop com­puter browser.

As a rule, the set­tings described here are auto­mat­i­cally adopted in the LinkedIn app. Depending on your smart­phone and oper­ating system though, there may be some addi­tional set­tings in the app which are not dis­cussed here.

To dis­play the account set­tings in LinkedIn, click the arrow symbol next to “Me” top right of the page, and select “Set­tings & Pri­vacy” from the menu.

Account pref­er­ences

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Pro­file informationName, loca­tion, and industryRestrict your­self to details which are rel­e­vant to the world of work.
Site pref­er­encesLan­guageDepending on your requirements
Con­tent languageDepending on your requirements
Auto­play videosDepending on your requirements
Showing pro­file photosDepending on your requirements
Feed pref­er­encesOnly follow people and insti­tu­tions which are rel­e­vant to you from a pro­fes­sional and spe­cialist point of view. 
People also viewedNo
People you unfollowedDepending on your requirements
Syncing optionsSync cal­endarDon’t use, “Remove All” if necessary
Sync con­tactsDon’t use, “Remove All” if necessary
Sub­scrip­tions & paymentsUpgrade for FreeDepending on your requirements
View pur­chase historyIf you are using charge­able func­tions, you can track your trans­ac­tions here.
Part­ners & servicesMicrosoftDon’t use, “Remove All” if necessary
TwitterDon’t use, “Remove All” if necessary
Account man­age­mentMerge accountsDepending on your requirements
Hiber­nate accountDepending on your requirements
Close accountAs soon as you no longer wish to use LinkedIn

Sign in & security

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Account accessEmail addressesUse a free address without any indi­ca­tion of your iden­tity (e.g. ferrari397@gmail.com).
Phone num­bersOption­ally, you can also reg­ister a mobile number, which will then be required for log-in con­fir­ma­tions as necessary.
Change pass­wordManage your pass­words out­side of Face­book, for instance using a pass­word manager.
Where you’re signed inReg­u­larly close ses­sions you no longer need.
Devices that remember your pass­wordCheck this reg­u­larly, and keep the number of devices where your pass­word is saved to a minimum.
Two-step ver­i­fi­ca­tionActi­vate.


Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Vis­i­bility of your pro­file & networkPro­file viewing optionsPri­vate mode
Story viewing optionsPri­vate mode
Edit your public profileOnly ever allow the dis­play of the min­imum details, which are absolutely necessary.
Infor­ma­tion vis­ible here can be searched and viewed directly from the Internet.
Who can see or down­load your email address„Who can see … on your pro­file or in approved apps?” -> Only vis­ible to me

“Allow your con­nec­tions to down­load your email” -> No

Con­nec­tionsOnly you
Who can see your last nameDepending on your requirements
Rep­re­senting your orga­ni­za­tion and interestsNo
Pro­file vis­i­bility off LinkedInNo
Pro­file dis­covery using email address2nd-degree con­nec­tions
Pro­file dis­covery using phone number2nd-degree con­nec­tions
BlockingDepending on your requirements
Vis­i­bility of your LinkedIn activityManage active statusNo one
Share pro­file updates with your networkNo
Notify con­nec­tions when you're in the newsNo
Men­tions or TagsNo


Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
How you get your notificationsOn LinkedInDepending on your requirements
EmailDepending on your requirements
PushDepending on your requirements
Who can reach youInvi­ta­tions to connectDepending on your requirements
Invi­ta­tions from your networkDepending on your requirements
Mes­sages„Enable mes­sage request noti­fi­ca­tions“ -> No
„Allow others to send you InMail?“ -> No
„Allow LinkedIn part­ners to show you Spon­sored Mes­sages?“ -> No
Research invitesNo
Mes­saging experienceRead receipts and typing indicatorsOff
Reply sug­ges­tionsNo

Data pri­vacy

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
How LinkedIn uses your dataManage your data and activityDepending on your requirements
Get a copy of your dataDepending on your requirements
Manage cookie preferences„Cookies“ -> No
Salary data on LinkedInDo not submit any salary data 
Search his­toryReg­u­larly delete your search history
Per­sonal demo­graphic informationDo not submit any demo­graphic data
Social, eco­nomic, and work­place researchNo
Job seeking preferencesJob appli­ca­tion settings“Save and manage your resumes and answers” -> No
Sharing your pro­file when you click ApplyDepending on your requirements
Com­mute preferencesDo not enter any preferences.
Signal your interest to recruiters at com­pa­nies you've cre­ated job alerts forNo
Stored job appli­cant accountsCheck the accounts listed and delete it from the appli­cants tracking system and LinkedIn if necessary.
Other appli­ca­tionsPer­mitted servicesCheck reg­u­larly and remove any ser­vices not required.
Microsoft WordNo

Adver­tising data

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Adver­tising preferencesPro­file data for per­son­al­izing adsNo
Interest cat­e­goriesNo
Data col­lected on LinkedInCon­nec­tionsNo
„Dürfen wir Infor­ma­tionen zu Ihrem Alter ver­wenden, um Ihnen rel­e­vante Anzeigen zu präsen­tieren?“ – Aus
„Dürfen wir Infor­ma­tionen zu Ihrem Geschlecht ver­wenden, um Ihnen rel­e­vante Anzeigen zu präsen­tieren?“ – Aus
Com­pa­nies you followNo
Edu­ca­tionDes­e­lect all
Job infor­ma­tionDes­e­lect all
EmployerDes­e­lect all
Third-party dataAudi­ence insights for web­sites you visitNo
Ads out­side of LinkedInNo
Inter­ac­tions with businessesNo
Ad-related actionsNo

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