At Hueya, we are constantly looking for ways to help you take control of your digital world and one area where we focus a lot of energy is location data. We do this for a number of reasons that we’ll get to in just a second, but during our research one of the major location concerns we discovered is the inability to remove location data from LinkedIn.

Why should you be worried about location data on social media in the first place? A few reasons:

  1. Location data is really helpful to identity thieves as they create a profile of you and make attempts to open credit cards in your name, etc.
  2. Zip code is a really important pieces of information. Remember, identity thieves don’t need your whole address…just your zip code.
  3. Location data is a major issue when it comes to personal safety. If someone knows what city you live in and where you work (workplace data also counts as location data) I can seek you out. Then it isn’t just an issue of stolen identity–it’s one of potential bodily harm.

It’s for these reasons Hueya takes 100 points off your Hueya Score if you have any location data present on social media–because it’s a very real, very dangerous concern we must be aware of.

And, as I said above, LinkedIn is particularly dangerous when it comes to location data because they won’t allow you to remove (or hide) your location. However, Hueya has found a way to fix this issue and better protect you in 4 easy steps:

  • Navigate to you LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/
  • Click on the pencil icon next to your location:

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  • Enter “00000” as your Postal Code:

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  • Click “Save”.

Now your LinkedIn location will be generalized to “United States” and you can choose independently with whom you want to share your location. (Remember: your information is your information–who you share it with is your choice!)

Keep in mind, location info is really important to protect on all your social sites, not just LinkedIn.

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