LinkedIn accounts being hacked – protect yours

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Unfortunately, if you don’t enable 2FA/MFA your account could be hacked as well. Read more here.

Here is how to enable 2FA/MFA:

  1. Click on the icon at the top right that says Me.
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    Click on Settings & Privacy

  3. Click on Sign in & Security
  4. Click on Two-step verification at the bottom if you haven’t done this before it will say off.
  5. It will ask you to download something like Microsoft Authenticator or give you the choice of SMS/text. Choose Authenticator since SMS/text is not safe enough.
  6. It will instruct you to press + and then choose Other and then click on Enter manually. Put in LinkedIn for the account name and the secret key that you saw on your webpage. It will ask you to put in the number it will show on Authenticator when it is done and then your MFA is set up.

If you don’t do this, the article I linked to above says that others have not gotten a response from LinkedIn support and you will be locked out of your account. I like using Microsoft Authenticator but you can use other authenticators like Google if you want as well. The important part is just to do this ASAP.

Generally speaking, you should be only using an authenticator for any MFA requests. Text/SMS is not safe and you do not gain any protection by using it. Hackers can intercept these messages by using that option. It shouldn’t even be an option.

Good luck and stay safe.

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