How to Hide From Your Second Degree Connections on LinkedIn

By Melly Parker

When you own a business, it's not always helpful to advertise your connections with the second-degree connections of every LinkedIn contact you have. Some of those connections, for example, may be clients whose second-degree connections are competing businesses with which you may not want to share contacts. You can hide your entire LinkedIn account from them by adjusting your privacy settings.

Log in to your LinkedIn account and select "Settings" from the drop-down menu under your name.

Click "Select who can see your activity feed" and choose "Your Connections." Click "Save Changes."

Click "Change your profile photo & visibility" and select "My Connections," and then click "Save Settings."

Click "Select who can see your connections" and choose "Only You" to keep others from viewing your contacts. Click "Save Settings."


Consider keeping your feed and contacts hidden, but allowing others to find your profile and profile picture. That way, people who want to add you will easily be able to find your LinkedIn account.

To completely hide from public search results, you can go to the public profile page (link in Resources) and select "Make my profile visible to no one."


Hiding parts of your LinkedIn profile will hinder your ability to use the site to network, but you'll still be able to keep up with the connections you've added.