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LinkedIn: change your primary email address to avoid spam

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Summary:

Your LinkedIn connections can get a copy of your email address, and some of them will send you emails that aren’t important to you (and are sometimes outright spam), so you might want to make your primary LinkedIn address an email address other than your true primary email address.

Details:

Problem:

Your LinkedIn 1st  level connections can get a copy of your email address, either by looking at the contact information in your profile, or by exporting all of the email addresses for thier connections out to a file.

Inevitably, some of them will send you emails that aren’t important to you (and are sometimes spam), so you should make your primary LinkedIn address an address other than your true primary email address.

Solution:

For instance, I use patlink@patrickomalley.com as my primary email address in LinkedIn, and then filter those emails into a separate folder where I scan the subject fields to see if the email is spam.  My real email addresses are different, and are all filtered into my primary folder.

To make a change your primary email address in LinkedIn,

  • Go to your LinkedIn home page
  • In the upper right, click on your tiny profile picture (usually above the word “Upgrade”)
  • On the dropdown, click “Privacy & Settings”
  • In the lower left, click “Account “
  • Add an email address
  • Note that you will have to confirm receipt of an email from LinkedIn
  • After you confirm, you can go back and make that email address your Primary email address, which is the only one your connections can see
  • In the upper right of that box, click “Add & change email addresses”

Other :

Updates from LinkedIn groups are also sent to your primary email address in LinkedIn.  Since these are usually the types of emails that you’d prefer to scan rather than read, this is another reason to change your primary email address.  However, this can be overridden in the Group settings for each individual group.

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