LinkedIn has taken steps to combat fake accounts on its platform

LinkedIn will launch new verification features in the coming months to fight off fake accounts and increase security on its network.

This business-oriented social platform makes it easy to network with other businesspeople and find new jobs, employees and opportunities.

At present, there has been an upsurge in scammer creation of fake profiles to further their illegal agendas.

Bot-like accounts have become an increasing menace across platforms like LinkedIn. Spammers have used them to lure real profiles into downloading malicious software and to obtain personal details about them.

LinkedIn holds an abundance of data about its users, such as their work history, contact information, professional interests and workplace. Such information could prove invaluable for criminals seeking to cause harm.

Finding fake accounts can be challenging and can often go undetected. These fake accounts may even be hard to spot!

LinkedIn will make updates to their account authentication process in the upcoming months in order to combat fake accounts and combat them more efficiently.

Microsoft, the owner of LinkedIn, has joined forces with Clear, a secure identity platform, to enable account verification by verifying work email addresses, government issued ID documents, and telephone numbers.

Initial trials will only be taking place in America, but if all goes as planned we expect that within months it could expand globally.

Once accounts provide their information, LinkedIn accounts will be marked with a similar verification mark introduced by Twitter; however, unlike Twitter, verification will be free on LinkedIn.

As we gain more information, we'll notify you. Until then, contact us if you need help safeguarding all your accounts.