Yesterday a few things hit me all at once that got me thinking (again) about security:

1) My friend’s house burned down in the middle of the night and there went her home-based business and data with it. They are physically fine but what a horrible loss.

2) I received a bogus email, purportedly from LinkedIn, asking for my ID and password. Really, how stupid do the bad guys think I am?

3) and in the middle of the night I heard the night owl newscasters speak of a huge data breach at the nation’s largest bank.

How secureinternetsecure is your LinkedIn profile?

I am no expert and it seems no one is, but here’s 3 of many steps that I personally take and I suggest you take NOW with your LinkedIn profile:

1) print out a hard copy and an electronic copy and save them some place safe and accessible. You can convert it to an (inelegant) PDF by following these instructions.

2) never (ever!) give out your LinkedIn sign-in credentials to anyone, even if you think you trust them. Yesterday at a session I taught nonprofits to learn best practices to use company profile pages on LinkedIn and someone who is the administrator for her agency’s company profile page asked if it is ok to let someone else use her ID and PW to make changes to the company profile page since she was too busy. Nope!

3) use two-step verification every time you log in to LinkedIn. It’s a bit of  pain but I believe it’s necessary these days. Instructions on how to implement this can be found here.

More on LinkedIn’s dedication to security of it members’ data can be perused here and at the links it takes you to.

I hope this helps you avoid unnecessary problems.