Don’t Lose Access to Your LinkedIn Account: Create a Backdoor
Do you have a backdoor to your LinkedIn account? Many people have found themselves without this simple solution and lost access to their account as a result. No, this isn’t LinkedIn shutting your account down for some terms violation; it’s the simple mistake of not creating a backdoor.
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Have you ever done searches and found multiple accounts for the person you wanted; frequently this happens because they lost control of one account and created a new account. They did not have a backdoor!
I found out the hard way because I didn’t have a backdoor when I first created my account; I didn’t know I needed one!
If you are like most people you are on LinkedIn because someone invited you. There is a good chance the invitation came via your business email account. When you accepted the invitation; your business email became your default ID and method for logging in to LinkedIn.
The problem comes when you change jobs or for some other reason change emails and you no longer have access to your original LinkedIn email. This can lead to problems.
Here is the scenario…
Have you ever had LinkedIn request you verify your email? This happens because LinkedIn periodically sends emails to your listed accounts and if they get a bounce, they ask you to verify the email. If you do not have access to verify the email account; you are stuck!
Protecting Your LinkedIn Account
Creating a backdoor for your LinkedIn account is an easy process all it takes is a couple of minutes to link a second email address to your account. Your second email should be a personal email address; one which will outlive your job changes. You can have up to five email addresses associated with your account.
Having this backdoor is very important in today’s volatile job market. I was recently talking to a relative who believed he was in a secure job. One day his manager walked in and told him it was the last day for himself and his entire team. You don’t want to be blindsided and locked out!
How to Create a Backdoor Email Account
This is an easy process and here are the steps:
- Depending upon which LinkedIn format you have you will go to the top right of the LinkedIn navigation bar and hover over your profile picture and click on “Privacy and Settings” or next to your name click the little down arrow and then click on “settings” (you may be asked to verify your password);
- Next click where it says Primary Email Change/Add;
- There is a box where you enter the email address you want to add and then click Add Email Address;
- You will then be instructed to go to the email account you just added to verify the address; and
- Once you verify, when you go back to your LinkedIn account your verification will be acknowledged and you are done.
This is a very simple process to protect your account and your contacts!
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