• 0

Why Does LinkedIn Need To Know My Email Password?


Go to solution Solved by Matthew S.,

Question

tompkin

I was just on the LinkIn website and wanted to give them my email address so that they could send me notifications. I noticed that they required me to actually give them my email address password. Why in the world would they ask me for that if all they are doing is sending emails to it? 

 

I smell a skunk. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

2 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0
Matthew S.

No they don't require you to give them your password.  You were on the add people you may know page which allows you to login to your gmail/hotmail/etc account and spider your own contact list for people to potentially add.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
BinaryData

Matthew is right, it's completely legit. :)

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By anmol112
      LinkedIn denies reports of a data breach involving over 500 million users
      by Anmol Mehrotra



      LinkedIn has published a blog post denying the reports of a data breach involving 500 million LinkedIn users.

      A couple of days back, Cybernews published a report noting that a hacker is selling personal information of over 500 million LinkedIn users. The hacker claimed that the data was scraped from LinkedIn and had uploaded two million records as a proof-of-concept. According to Cybernews, the leaked data included full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, and more. Furthermore, users on the hacking forum could view the database for $2 worth of forum credits and the hacker was also auctioning off the whole database for at least a 4-digit sum of money. Cybernews's independent investigation team was able to confirm that the database was genuine but noted that it could be an old dataset from an earlier breach.

      Following the reports, LinkedIn published a blog post denying the data breach. The company said that that the dataset posted online was "an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies". LinkedIn, however, noted that some of the leaked data was scraped from "publicly viewable member profile data" on LinkedIn. Lastly, the company said that misuse of data "such as scraping, violates LinkedIn terms of service. When anyone tries to take member data and use it for purposes LinkedIn and our members haven’t agreed to, we work to stop them and hold them accountable."

      While LinkedIn has denied the claims of data breach, Bloomberg has reported that the Italian watchdog has opened a probe into the matter. The authority told Bloomberg that Italy has the highest number of LinkedIn users in Europe and called the affected users to “pay particular attention to any anomalies” related to their phone number and email IDs. The move comes just days after Ireland's watchdog opened an investigation against Facebook after a database of over 530 million Facebook users was dumped on a hacking forum for free.

      LinkedIn is yet to comment on if it will notify the affected users about the data breach. Facebook, on the other hand, has made it clear that it will not be notifying users who were affected by the latest breach. Fortunately, we have published a guide on how you can use independent websites to check if your personal information was leaked in the latest Facebook data breach. As a rule of thumb, if you were affected then make sure you change your password and enable two step verification, if you have not done so already.

    • By Namerah S
      LinkedIn is not working right now, support team is working on fixing it
      by Namerah Saud Fatmi

      Reports are pouring in from news sources such as The Verge and individuals alike. The professional networking service LinkedIn is currently facing some problems and is facing an outage. Both the website and the mobile application seem to be affected by the breakdown.

      LinkedIn's team members have responded to the outage, taking to Twitter to address the users' concerns. The response can be seen in the Tweet below:

      According to Downdetector, 89% of LinkedIn users are having trouble with the website at the moment.

      Hopefully, the Microsoft-owned professional networking platform will be back online soon. In the meantime, users will have to sit tight and wait patiently.

    • By News Staff
      Save 98% off this 2021 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle
      by Steven Parker

      Today's highlighted deal comes via our Online Courses section of the Neowin Deals store, where you can save 98% off this 2021 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle. Make your brand thrive in the online world with 34+ hours of content on the best marketing strategies used on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and more.



      What's the deal?
      This bundle consists of the following courses:

      Social Media Strategy
      The Tools & Tips You Need to Get the Best Results Out of Social Media for Your Business Facebook Marketing
      Explore Advanced Facebook Features & Functions to Boost Your Business Facebook Advertising
      Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Run Ads on Facebook Instagram Marketing
      Create an Instagram Business Strategy for Success LinkedIn Marketing
      Get Started on LinkedIn & Create an Outstanding, Professional Impression Social Media Foundations 101
      An Introductory Course for Anyone Who Wants to Create a Business Presence on Social Media Digital Marketing Foundations 101
      Get Exactly What You Need to Grow You Results in the Online World Good to know
      Length of time users can access this course: lifetime Certification of completion included Updates included Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase For terms, certification and instructor info, click here.

      What's the benefit?
      This 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle normally costs $2,093 but it can be yours for only $29.99, that's a saving of $2,063.01 (98%) off!

      Get this deal, or learn more about it
      See all Online Courses on offer. This is a time limited deal.
      Get $1 credit for every $25 spent · Give $10, Get $10 · 10% off for first-time buyers.

      Not for you?
      That's OK, there are other deals on offer you can check out here.



      Home Gym Giveaway | Ultimate Gaming Giveaway (feat. PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X) Ivacy VPN - 5 year subscription for just $1 per month NordVPN - 2 year subscription at up to 68% off Private Internet Access VPN - subscriptions at up to 71% off Unlocator VPN or SmartDNS - unblock Geoblock with 7-day free trial Neowin Store for our preferred partners. Subscribe to Neowin - for $14 a year, or $28 a year for Ad-Free experience Disable Sponsored posts · Neowin Deals · Free eBooks · Neowin Store

      Disclosure: This is a StackCommerce deal or giveaway in partnership with Neowin; an account at StackCommerce is required to participate in any deals or giveaways. For a full description of StackCommerce's privacy guidelines, go here. Neowin benefits from shared revenue of each sale made through our branded deals site, and it all goes toward the running costs.

    • By News Staff
      Save 98% off the 2021 Career & Self Development Master Class
      by Steven Parker

      Today's highlighted deal comes via our Online Courses section of the Neowin Deals store, where you can save 98% off the 2021 Career & Self Development Master Class. Welcome the New Year with a better version of yourself! This bundle gives you 20 hours of content on interview skills, speed reading, resumé building, and more.



      This deal consists of the following courses:

      Job Interview Skills Training Course
      Handle Interviews Like a Pro, Wow Your Potential Employer & Land That Job! Interview Skills for Tech Jobs: 15 Brain Teaser Questions
      Apple, Google & Amazon Questions You Need to Know for Tech and IT Job Interviews Resume & CV Writing: Industry Expert Hacks
      Pass HR & Computer Screening and Get Invited to the Interview Salary Negotiation: Get What You Are Worth
      Ace the Salary Negotiation During Your Job Interviews How to Find & Land That Dream Job
      Pick the Perfect Job That You'll Love & Develop a Strategy to Get Qualified Complete Speed Reading for Entrepreneurs Course
      Create an Almost Magical Ability to Connect Ideas & Maintain Rapid Momentum in Your Business Interview Better Than Anyone by an Award-Winning MBA Professor
      Get Techniques on How to Ace Interviews & Get the Job of Your Dreams 50 Career & Self Development Tips: Welcome to the New You!
      Reinvent Yourself with These 50 Amazing Personal Development Ideas & Life-Altering Personal Improvement Strategies Build the Best Resume+Linkedin Profile by Award-Winning Prof
      Get Your Dream Job by Knowing Exactly How to Format & Create the Perfect Resume & LinkedIn Profile Interviewing Skills: Ace the Job Search in 2021
      Impress Your Future Employer with Only the Best Answers to All Interviews Good to know
      Length of access: lifetime Certification of completion included Updates included Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase For full descriptions, terms, and instructor info please click here.

      Here's the deal:
      This 2021 Career & Self Development Master Class normally costs $2,000 but it can be yours for just $39.99 for a limited time, that's a saving of $1,960.01 (98%) off!

      >> Get this deal, or learn more about it <<
      See all Online Courses on offer, This is a time-limited deal, ending soon!
      Get $1 credit for every $25 spent · Give $10, Get $10 · 10% off for first-time buyers.

      Not for you?
      That's OK, there are other deals on offer you can check out here, but be aware that these are all time-limited offers. If you are uncomfortable sharing your details with a third-party sponsor, we understand. Check out the Neowin Store for our preferred partners.



      Home Gym Giveaway | Ultimate Gaming Giveaway (feat. PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X) Ivacy VPN - 5 year subscription for just $1 per month NordVPN - 2 year subscription at up to 68% off Private Internet Access VPN - subscriptions at up to 71% off Unlocator VPN or SmartDNS - unblock Geoblock with 7-day free trial Subscribe to Neowin - for $14 a year, or $28 a year for Ad-Free experience Disable Sponsored posts · Neowin Deals · Free eBooks · Neowin Store

      Disclosure: This is a StackCommerce deal or giveaway in partnership with Neowin; an account at StackCommerce is required to participate in any deals or giveaways. For a full description of StackCommerce's privacy guidelines, go here. Neowin benefits from shared revenue of each sale made through our branded deals site, and it all goes toward the running costs.

    • By Usama Jawad96
      Microsoft declares war on Israeli surveillance company NSO Group
      by Usama Jawad

      Back in 2019, Israeli technology company NSO Group found itself embroiled in controversy when it was alleged that its Pegasus program was used to hack WhatsApp. The sophisticated attack technique allowed attackers to inject spyware into Android and iOS devices by simply calling them. The victim is not even required to attend the call in order for the attack to be successful.

      While WhatsApp plugged the vulnerability, it later took NSO Group to court for its malicious actions. The surveillance company has denied wrongdoing multiple times using the defense of immunity since it claims that Pegasus is used on behalf of governments. Following recent reports of Al Jazeera journalists being hacked using software developed by NSO Group, Microsoft and various other corporations have now joined the fight against the Israeli firm.

      Group of anonymous hackers in black costumes working with computers in office image via ShutterstockIn a sternly worded blog post, Corporate Vice President of Customer Security & Trust at Microsoft, Tom Burt has described NSO Group as the cyber mercenaries of the 21st century and stated that they should get no immunity. Together with Cisco, GitHub, Google, LinkedIn, VMWare, and the Internet Association, Microsoft has filed an amicus brief in WhatsApp's legal case against NSO Group. Simply stated, this means that the firms will be providing assistance to the court by offering technical expertise.

      Microsoft has highlighted that Pegasus infected WhatsApp on 1,400 devices last year, including those of journalists and prominent figures fighting against human rights violations. It emphasized that NSO Group's business model is very dangerous for a number of reasons. Primarily, there is no guarantee that the cyber-weapons won't fall into the wrong hands. Even if NSO Group sells Pegasus only to governments, it could be handed over to customers who lack proper defenses, resulting in highly dangerous software being stolen. Microsoft also stated that:

      Lastly, the Redmond tech giant emphasized that such tools developed by private security firms are a threat to human rights and privacy. It stated that NSO Group's clients are spread throughout the world, and they utilize cyber weapons to track journalists and other opposing groups. Microsoft indicated that even if NSO Group's own intention is not to violate human rights, its tools certainly allow its clients to do so.

      Moving forward, Microsoft has urged that private security firms such as NSO Group should be liable for any laws that are broken by using their tools, and they should not be granted immunity in any circumstances. The coalition hopes that the amicus brief will enable it to protect the rights and privacy of all its global customers.