How to enable 2FA for LinkedIn

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Install Authy

LinkedIn now offers more secure authentication. The best way to manage all your 2FA accounts is to use the Authy app. It enables you to have a single mobile app for all your 2FA accounts and you can sync them across multiple devices, even accessing them on the desktop. Install Authy on your device by searching for it in your device’s app store.

Important: If any sites prompt you to use Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication, note that you can always substitute the Authy 2FA app instead. Although they work in similar ways, Authy is more feature-rich and allows for multi-device syncing, cloud-backups, and easier account recovery should you change or lose your phone or device. Read more information on the features of Authy here.

Locate 2FA

If you are looking to secure your LinkedIn account with something stronger than SMS-based 2FA, you can now secure it with two-factor authentication from a time-based one-time password (TOTP) authenticator app like Authy.

Sign in to your LinkedIn account at https://www.linkedin.com.

Then click your profile picture at the top right (where it says “ME”). In the drop-down menu that follows, click “Settings & Privacy” under the ACCOUNT heading.

 

At the top of the next page, click the Account tab.

Then click Login & Security from the navigation on the left-hand side of the screen.

You’ll see an option for “Two-step Verification” in the resulting choice. Click “Change” to the right of that option.

On the next screen, you will see an option for the type of 2FA you wish to set up. The choices are SMS and Authenticator App.

Choose Authenticator App and click the blue button that reads Continue.

Enable 2FA

The next screen will prompt you to enable your authenticator app. LinkedIn mentions using Microsoft Authenticator, but remember that these instructions also work for Authy.

This guide will show you how to enable Authy 2FA with the QR code. Keep this window open as you reach for your phone.

Note: If, in the following steps, you cannot scan the QR code for any reason, look for the key located beneath the QR code. You can manually type this key into the Authy app by tapping Enter key manually.

To capture the QR code, launch Authy on your device, and click the plus icon to add an account.

Click Scan QR code.

When your camera opens, hold your device up to the computer to scan Epic Games’ QR code. Once captured, Authy will prompt you to name the account (we chose “LinkedIn.” When ready, click Done. The Authy app on your phone then generates a one-time 2FA code.

Return to the Security page of your LinkedIn account and enter the code generated by Authy in the entry field under “Enter the 6-digit verification code.” Then click the blue button that reads Activate.

Finish Setup

Once two-factor authentication is enabled, you’ll notice you have 2FA turned on.

Your LinkedIn account is now protected by Authy 2FA. To test this, sign out from your account, and then attempt to sign back in.

Once you’ve entered your account credentials, you are prompted for a code. Use the Authy app to generate a new code, enter it in the field provided and click the Submit button for secure access.

 

 

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