LinkedIn = Identity Theft? Crazy Comment at Seminar

August 13th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

I don’t want to write this post, but it has to be written.  It’s pretty scary.

Last week I was at a seminar put on by a headhunter.  It was a pretty good learning experience.

At one point someone in the audience said he was in the security industry (not sure what kind of security that was… my guess was IT security) and he said that LinkedIn was the #1 source of identity theft.

HOLY COW.

Really, why wouldn’t it be?  More than 100 million people voluntarily put information like names, locations, dates, degrees, titles, and in many cases, phone numbers and email addresses.  Yes, I’ve even seen business and home mailing addresses.

I guess with LinkedIn’s popularity you’ll only get the ugliness that can bring… the bad guys who have no morals, ethics, and nothing to lose by stealing and impersonating, or whatever else they are doing.

Does this change how you would or should use LinkedIn?

Do you think LinkedIn is or could be a major source of identity theft, or is that guy full of hot air?

  1. One Response to “LinkedIn = Identity Theft? Crazy Comment at Seminar”

  2. By Fred Dempster on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve not researched or seen any knowledge (data > information > knowledge) as yet.

    In my LI training I do recommend folks NOT list that info and use the “I’m not home, I’m in Columbia” features. Same with home address on resume not needed.

    That said, anyone can go to pipl or spokeo type sites and get the same data free or even more granular data for a small cost!

    I’d have to say “warm air” because people put out info that puts them at a higher risk.

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