After one of my first LinkedIn posts, The Power of LinkedIn, I was faced with a question from a reader, “Just as there may be good reasons to join LinkedIn, there are just as many good reasons NOT to consider it. Most notably…..identity theft. Yes, it happens. In the digital age, it’s too easy for a gifted hacker/scammer/spammer to grab various pieces of your information (even your photo) and have a field day. Secondly, LinkedIn equates to Spamcruiter Heaven, where there are plenty of spamcruiters looking to contact vulnerable job seekers just to sell their products and services with the good ‘ol bait and switch tactic.
Where there are good points, there are also bad points. I will not so willingly volunteer my information for all to see and risk being a victim of ANY kind. One “job expert” said it best: ‘Step away from the computer.’ In other words….face to face networking still reigns supreme in the job search.”
What are YOUR thoughts on this topic? Are you worried about identity theft? My take is that with the digital age here to stay you have to embrace it. However, you also need to know how to protect yourself. I truly feel that sites such as LinkedIn do more good than bad. You can connect with people who you may otherwise not be able to connect with through traditional networking. Also, if you are worried about people using your resume information, then I would be more worried about sites such as Career Builder or Monster.
How do you feel about sharing your personal information on LinkedIn, or any social site. I do have to say that LinkedIn is not a site that has received any flack about privacy issues, but what about Facebook? How do you feel about them having been investigated by the FTC?
What did you do today?