HOW TO SAFELY NETWORK ONLINE

By Joana Scharinger | Office of Career Planning

Online Networking: Tips on LinkedIn Safety

LinkedIn is a great tool to develop your professional network, but just like any other social media it can include scams and unsafe connections. Here are things you can do to stay safe on LinkedIn and some red flags to be aware of.

How to stay safe on LinkedIn:

  • Be aware of invitations from strangers. Be selective and intentional with whom you let in your network.
  • When contacted by recruiters, check their profiles and do research about their company to make sure this is an authentic connection.
  • Do not click on any attachments or links unless you are certain it is from the actual connection. When in doubt, verify.
  • If you see profiles, messages, or content that is suspicious, block or report them to LinkedIn.
  • Do not share confidential information or make personal information public such as your home address and phone number.

Examples of red flags:

  • Recruiters that request you to wire or transfer money for an application fee.
  • Messages from strangers with attachments or links.
  • Too good to be true offers (work from home + great pay + no interview required). 
  • Blank signatures/contact information from the sender, or unprofessional emails/messages containing grammatical and punctuation errors.
  • You can’t find the company’s information anywhere online.
  • You are asked to provide confidential information.

When in doubt, ask the Office of Career Planning!

More resources about staying safe on LinkedIn:

Top 10 Job Scam Warning Signs

Protecting Yourself from Fraudulent Messages

Is LinkedIn Safe?

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