I never bothered with LinkedIn 2 Step Verification. Are you kidding me? I had a great password, not to be guessed by humans or artificial intelligence. So why go through such an annoying process of having to wait for a text message to input when logging on? YIKES.
I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAS SO IGNORANT
Yup, I needed to have it spelt out to me. I had a full backup of my profile in Word. I downloaded my connections once a month. It is not Facebook, no pictures of my daughter here. So hey, what is the big deal?
SCARY SHIT (AND SO OBVIOUS)
If someone logs on to your account, they can act like YOU. Now once you read this, it is so blatantly obvious. Yet it took me FOUR years to set up LinkedIn 2 Step Verification (yup, it was introduced back in 2014).
- Post pretending to be you.
- Comment (even nasty) pretending to be you.
- Message (spam, annoy) all your connections.
- Download your connections.
- Disconnect you from your connections.
- Delete recommendations you received.
You get my drift. They will have TOTAL CONTROL over your LinkedIn Account. Profile, Articles, Posts, Network, Engagement … EVERYTHING. I know it is not 100% foul proof, but what is? And people going through the trouble of hacking your phone or convincing your provider they are you … they usually don’t target ordinary people, not even the extraordinary like YOU and me.
You can fix things under “settings & privacy”. Might also want to check the “Ads” tap while you are there. If you want to find out more about the settings, here is something I wrote before: LinkedIn Settings & Privacy.
>>> So tell me (honestly) when did you set up LinkedIn 2 Step Verification? Oh and please add to the list of things you don’t want to happen! <<<