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LinkedIn spam and your “primary” email address

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Summary (LinkedIn spam and your “primary” email address) :

 
Your “primary email address” on LinkedIn should NOT be your primary email address.

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

Problem (receiving LinkedIn spam):

 

Your LinkedIn 1st level connections can get a copy of your email address, either by looking in the upper right hand corner of your profile, or by exporting all of the email addresses for their 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 (change your LinkedIn “primary” email address):

 

For instance, I use patlink_ATSIGN_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 address is different (and I won’t give it here to avoid blog spammers), and they are automatically filtered into different folders when I read email.

To make the change,

  • Go to your LinkedIn home page
  • In the upper right, click the drop down menu under your picture
  • Click “Settings & Privacy”
  • Click Email Addresses
  • At the bottom, add an email address
  • When you refresh the list, click “Make primary” to make it the primary
  • Note that you will have to confirm receipt of an email from LinkedIn

Other (LinkedIn groups sending you email):

 

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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