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LinkedIn offers extra step to guard user accounts

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LinkedIn is joining the crowd of Internet services tying account security to mobile phones.

In a change announced Friday, the roughly 225 million users of LinkedIn Corp.’s online professional networking service can now choose to require a code to be sent to their phones whenever an attempt is made to log in to an account from a device for the first time.

The two-step verification helps address this problem by requiring you to type a numeric code when logging in from an unrecognized device for the first time. This code will be sent to your phone via SMS. The extra step is designed to lessen the chances of computer hackers breaking into user accounts.

To turn on Two-step verification users will have to go to their Settings, selecting the Account tab and clicking Manage security settings option.

Google Inc., Facebook Inc. Microsoft Corp. and Twitter are among other major companies to deploy this two-step verification process.

LinkedIn, based in Mountain View, Calif., had about 6 million user passwords stolen and posted on the Internet last year.

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