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In recent months and years, online security has been at the top of agenda for many service providers and users alike. Hacking has been on the increase at both the very highest and lowest levels of the Web, sparking social networks and large websites into action.

As a result, Microsoft’s two-step verification system was quickly followed by Twitter’s, which helped users maintain their privacy and security at levels which are difficult to breach.

LinkedIn decided to implement their very own verification system to protect the privacy, data and identity of their userbase. The LinkedIn two-step verification process is easy to set up and even easier to use in practise.

How to enable your LinkedIn two-step verification

You first step for enabling the LinkedIn two-step verification is to visit your profile, click your profile picture which is displayed in the top right-hand corner of the screen. This will open your Account & Settings drop-down menu.

Once this menu is displayed, click “Privacy & Settings.”

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Then, select the “Account” account tab, and click “Manage Security Settings.”

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LinkedIn will then present you with the option to turn on your two-step verification for sign in. Click “Turn On” to proceed.

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To set up your LinkedIn two-step verification, you will need to type in your phone number in order to receive verification codes via SMS. Your phone number is for internal use only and is never displayed on your LinkedIn profile. Every time you – or anybody else – attempts to login to your LinkedIn account via a separate device, a verification code will be sent to your phone in order to authenticate and allow the access.

After you have selected your country and typed in your number, hit “Send Code.”

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After a shot wait, you will receive an SMS containing your verification code. Type the code into the box provided, and click “Verify” to continue.

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LinkedIn will then inform your of your verification success. One verification suffices per device, so the next time you wish to sig in via mobile, tablet or a separate computer, this process will need to be undertaken yet again.

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As well as sending you an SMS, LinkedIn follows up with an email, which informs you that a verification code has been requested. Naturally, these emails act as an alert system for anybody attempting to access your LinkedIn account without your permission.

Will you implement the LinkedIn two-step verification?

Taking the above steps to verify your sign ins could be the difference between safety and exposure for your LinkedIn account. Taking fewer precautions with social networks such as Twitter is not usually something to lose sleep over, but networks such as LinkedIn are usually directly connected to work colleagues and other important figures. Keeping such an account safe should be a priority for us all.

We recommend that you take the above steps to ensure your privacy, identity and security. The verification process is easy to perform and is most certainly worth it.