How to Change Your LinkedIn Password in 2024 (Quick Steps!)

As a small business owner, keeping your LinkedIn account secure should be a top priority. According to recent statistics, over 117 million LinkedIn accounts were implicated in data breaches between 2016 and 2021, putting users at risk of identity theft and hacking.

With the right knowledge and tools, you can protect yourself by learning how to properly change your LinkedIn password. Here is a detailed guide with tips from my own experience securing my small business online presence.

Why Changing Your LinkedIn Password Matters

Using an outdated or weak password dramatically increases the odds that your account will be compromised. According to the 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report, 80% of hacking breaches involved compromised credentials.

Common LinkedIn password mistakes include:

  • Using personal info like your birthday or name
  • Choosing short or common passwords like "Password123"
  • Reusing the same password across multiple sites

The risks of a hacked LinkedIn account are serious:

  • Identity theft
  • Accessing your connected accounts
  • Impersonation to spread malware or fake information
  • Hurting your professional reputation

That‘s why regularly changing your password and using strong credentials is so important.

Step-by-Step Guide to Changing Your Password

On Desktop

Changing your password via LinkedIn on desktop takes just a few minutes.

  1. Go to your LinkedIn homepage and click your profile picture.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy from the dropdown menu.
  3. Under the Account section, click Change password.
  4. Enter your current password.
  5. Type your new password and confirm it.
  6. Click Save to update your password.
LinkedIn Change Password Desktop

On Mobile

You can also change your LinkedIn password easily via the iOS or Android app:

Step On iOS On Android
1 Open app & tap profile picture Open app & tap profile picture
2 Tap gear icon to access Settings Tap 3 horizontal line menu icon
3 Tap Sign in & security Tap Settings
4 Tap Change password Tap Change password
5 Enter current and new password Enter current and new password
6 Tap Save Tap Save

Tips for Creating a Secure Password

When changing your LinkedIn password, make sure your new credential is nice and strong:

  • Use 8+ characters – The longer the better!
  • Add numbers, symbols, uppercase letters – This makes passwords harder to crack
  • Avoid personal info or common words – Be unpredictable
  • Consider using a password manager – Dashlane, LastPass and others can generate and store super secure passwords for you. I started using Dashlane last year and it has been a gamechanger!

I learned the hard way about using weak passwords when my LinkedIn account was targeted a few years ago. After having several suspicious attempted logins, I immediately changed my simple password to a long, complex one using Dashlane. Password security is so important!

What If You Forget Your Password?

It happens! If you forget your LinkedIn password, just click Forgot password? on the login page.

  • Enter the email or phone number for your account
  • LinkedIn will send a 6-digit verification code
  • Input the code and reset your password

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

In addition to a strong password, I highly recommend enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) for your LinkedIn account.

With 2FA, you need to enter both your password PLUS a rotating access code generated by an authenticator app or sent via text when logging in.

Activating this extra layer of protection ensures that even if your password is compromised, a hacker still can‘t access your account. It takes just minutes to set up 2FA and is so worth it.

Keep Your Account Secure

Following best practices like regularly changing your password and enabling two-factor authentication can help safeguard your LinkedIn presence. No one wants to deal with the major headaches and risks of a hacked account.

As a fellow small business owner and LinkedIn user, I hope you found this guide helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions – I‘m always happy to discuss online security tips and experiences. Protecting your digital presence is well worth the effort.