Privacy Concerns with Linkedin

 Privacy Concerns with Linkedin

LinkedIn is a seemingly professional platform initially meant to link the employer and the employee, as well as the entrepreneur and the consumer/ partner. However, over the years, that original objective changed with the company now concentrating on profit making. The rather selfish moves (including supporting ads), made by the company have attracted various cyber-criminals who have been hacking and phishing user data for a while now. In this article, we give you the reasons why you should not use LinkedIn again.

LinkedIn also takes part in censors

LinkedIn is among the top tech companies that continually enact censors on its users forcefully. According to a post made by a LinkedIn user on his account, he claimed that LinkedIn has censoring both on text and content quietly. The user claimed that if your articles or comments are negative to LinkedIn, the company will censor your content immediately without your prior knowledge. He further added that LinkedIn has lately restricted users to post only business, and marketing related topics, and not any other topic worth discussing. To him, that was denying users the freedom of speech.

Elsewhere, we noticed a report published by New Boston Post, about a US conservative user whose content had been censored. According to the user, he had prepared a contract document to be signed and posted the same on LinkedIn for supporters to join the movement. He further added that the post attracted huge traffic that LinkedIn took notice, and decided to censor the content. The concerns of the users were directed to the fact that LinkedIn, unlike other big techs, they did not notify him about the censorship prior to the action.

LinkedIn unending data breaches

In 2012, LinkedIn faced a historical hack that saw a 6.5 million of stolen passwords, as reported by various news sites during the time. In the time, it was still unclear if it was only passwords that were compromised. Nevertheless, various reports have been reported afterward, confirming the press statements made by the company – citing that even emails were hacked, and are now being traded in the black market. In 2016, WIRED published an articles warning LinkedIn users to check whether their accounts were compromised in the previous hack. According to the report, more than 117 million LinkedIn accounts were attacked in the 2012 hack, and that every user should check their security status at a guest website. Note that we do not recommend such moves, of using other guest sites to check your security status. We doubt the external site is verified and an assurance of security. But we ask, why will you want to get hacked and have your data traded on the dark web for malicious intent.

According to a blog published months ago, the LinkedIn security breach has raised concerns among companies like Netflix. Thus warning their users to unlink their LinkedIn accounts from Netflix accounts. The argument behind the warning is that hackers and phishers can get to the data on other third-party accounts, including Netflix.

LinkedIn supports annoying Ads

LinkedIn has taken measures to ensure it’s not left behind when it comes to displaying ads. The Microsoft-owned professional platform has been offering gif, and image ads in the past. However, seven months ago, the company announced its plans to introduce video adverts on its platform. A move that brought mixed reactions among its users, but the outcome was already dictated – they were still going to implement the video adverts despite the negative reactions. Another annoying feature of this video adverts is that they will be auto-playing, thus disrupting your data usage, as well as a possibility of viewing unwanted content.

LinkedIn monitors every action you take while on the service

A former premium LinkedIn user posted on his Medium blog timeline some disturbing statement about LinkedIn. The user, who was on a paid plan, claimed that LinkedIn always altered services and tools he could access, despite including them in the advertisement before subscription. In his post, he detailed his reasons for deleting his LinkedIn account, following the disappointments he’d been through. We particularly took notice of his statement, “Why would I undertake what, on the face of it, is a massive act of self-sabotage? After all, I could really do with the raised commercial presence at a sensitive point in my career.” Perhaps it is time you deleted your LinkedIn account, and sort for other secure and respectable options, for your professional errands.


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