How to reveal only what you want to reveal on LinkedIn

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 26, 2014

LinkedIn works in many regards just like any other social networking site does. While it is aimed at professionals, it is still recommended to make sure that you only expose information to the public that you feel comfortable sharing.

One could now say that it is up to the individual user to make sure that information are only added that the user feels comfortable sharing.

It is not that easy however, as you may want to distinguish what contacts or connections see from what people see who open your public profile.

LinkedIn does make available options to manage those privacy related information. This guide looks at them in detail, so that you can make informed decisions what to share, and what not to share.

LinkedIn Privacy

Start by opening your profile settings on LinkedIn. You can do so with a click on this link, or by clicking on your profile photo in the top right corner of the page and selecting the Privacy & Settings link manually there.

All privacy controls available on the site are listed under Profile here. Lets go through each of them to find out what they do:

Turn off your activity broadcasts

When you make modifications to your profile, follow a company or make recommendations, you will find them listed on your activity feed by default. The fact that you are looking for a job may be revealed on your activity feed for instance, which can cause issues with your current employee.

Recommended: Turn off

Select who can see your activity feed

Here you define which groups have access to your activity feed. You can limit it to your connections, your network, everyone or only you.

Recommended: Only you

Select what others see when you've viewed their profile

what others see

When you open a profile page on LinkedIn, information about that visit are reported to the profile owner. By default, your name, occupation and area are displayed.

You can modify that so that only industry and title are reported, but not linked to your profile, or to be totally anonymous instead so that no information are displayed at all about that. If you select the last option, profile stats will be disabled and your viewer history will get erased.

Recommended: Anonymous profile characteristics if you rely on profile stats and viewer history, if not, totally anonymous.

Select who can see your connections

who can see connections

This setting defines who can look at your connections on LinkedIn. Your connections can do so, or you can change that so that only you can see those information. It is important to note that this does not impact shared connections.

Recommended: Only you

Change your profile photo and visibility

profile photo

Here you can upload a new profile photo and edit or delete the existing one. This is also the place where you define to whom your profile photo is visible. Options include everyone, my network or my connections.

Recommended: My connections, unless you want it to be available so that others can put a face to the profile.

Show/hide "viewers of this profile also viewed" box


Disable or show which profiles viewers of your profile have opened as well on LinkedIn.

Recommended: disable



Click on the "Edit your public profile" link on the same page to see what others see when they open your profile.

Especially the "customize your public profile" section in the sidebar can be interesting. You can change the visibility of your profile contents so that the profile itself is not visible publicly at all.

If you do not want to go that far, you get options to remove information from the profile. This includes the picture, skills, languages, interests and other information.

Please note that this affects your search engine presence as well.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL:

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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