Suppose you’ve been Googling someone, for whatever reason, and you end up choosing that person’s LinkedIn profile from among the search returns — but you’d rather that person not know you were looking him or her up.
That’s not a problem if you had the foresight to change your LinkedIn settings.
Just scroll over your avatar on your LinkedIn home page, click on “Privacy and Settings,” and choose “Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile.”
As MoneyWatch has noted, you then have three options:
Your name and headline. LinkedIn reports your full name, title and company. In other words, there’s no ambiguity about who you are.
Anonymous profile characteristics such as industry and title. This option just reports semi-anonymous information such as “media director at XYZ Corp.”
You will be totally anonymous. Use this option if you don’t want to reveal anything about yourself.
For more on the subject, check out this item at Digital Inspiration.