Can I Make My LinkedIn Visible Only to Connections?

by Nathan McGinty
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Linkedin is a social networking site used by professionals to connect with coworkers, former employers and, hopefully, future employers. When you create a Linkedin profile, by default, it is made available to search engines and is visible on the Web. Using the built-in Linkedin privacy settings, you can set your public profile so that it is "hidden," or visible only to connections. You can also tweak other settings in your Linkedin account to keep any kind of Linkedin activity private.

Step 1

Log in to your Linkedin account. Click your name in the menu and select "Settings" from the drop-down box. Click the "Profile" tab to open the profile settings menu, and click the "Edit Your Public Profile" link.

Step 2

Click to select the "Make my public profile visible to no one" radio button. Click the "Back to Settings" button to return to the Settings menu.

Step 3

Click on "Select who can see your activity feed." Select "Your Connections" from the drop-down box. Click "Save changes."

Step 4

Click the "Change your profile photo & visibility" link in the Settings menu.

Select the radio button for "My Connections" beneath the "In addition to users I message, my profile photo is visible to" menu. Click "Save Changes" to commit your changes.


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About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.

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