So it happened! LinkedIn finally made a move with their recent Linkedin Stealth Update against automation tools/extensions.

As of Thursday, 6th December 2018, Linkedin rolled out an update to a portion of their user base which contains an improved algorithm. The algorithm detects the use of LinkedIn Automation Tools like (LinkedHelper, DuxSoup, Meet Leonard).

LinkedIn has been in a constant battle to shut down these automation tools. It may not be Illegal, as of now, but it’s definitely against the TOS of LinkedIn discussed later in this article.

Hopefully, you didn’t see this…

“We think you may be using an automation tool. To help you guard against abuse we don’t permit the use of software tools that automate activity on LinkedIn

We showed you a warning previously about this and have now restricted your account.

Please try signing in again after this time.”

With a final warning:

“Engaging further in such activities may result in permanent restriction of your account.” 

Linkedin account restriction

To avoid having your LinkedIn account restricted…

  1. Delete (not just turn off) LinkedHelper, Dux Soup and any other data-scraping chrome extensions now.
  2. Install this Chrome extension.
  3. Head back to Linkedin and click on the new squirrel icon (the Nefarious chrome extension)
  4. Look at what tools are listed and make sure those are off.
  5. Now, check out useorca.com, linkedhub.io, and hubsell.com and chat with Dan/Abram/Karan on their sites about their tools.

THE FULL LIST OF BANNED TOOLS (AS OF 12/8/18) IS AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE ?


What are LinkedIn automation tools? 

Majority of the people that are in the Business Development or in Recruitment, definitely have wanted for a way that can somehow help them automate with some of the dry or boring aspects of their LinkedIn activity.

  • LinkedIn automation tools help you automate tedious tasks. As being the 3rd party tools it can be used for various aspects. Some of them include:
  • Lead Generation for sending Automated Connection Requests to grow your network.
  • Automated Bulk Messaging
  • Visiting Profiles, adding tags, and much more…

 

How the Automation Tools have responded to this stealth update:

With the numbers of complaints we got from the users, we decided to reach out to some of the major automation companies to get their view of this update, and if it might affect the way users use their software without getting them into trouble.

LinkedHelper

They have a whopping number of over 60,000! Which clearly reflect how much people value using these tools. They responded back on this Stealth update, mentioned below. Visit their website here.

LinkedHelper responded: 

 

LinkedHub

Another LinkedIn Automation tool was grateful enough to us for responding back as we shared this update with them. As they are confident it should not affect them.

As they explained that it is still possible to go undetected by LinkedIn when you’re using LinkedHub. Visit their website.

 

Meet Leonard

They responded back that although technically they are a Chrome Browser Extension but are not on Chrome Store, which makes them undetectable. Visit their website.

Dux-Soup

With over 40,000 user base. It’s one of the biggest when it comes to LinkedIn automation.

They are aware of this LinkedIn update. Their emails suggest that they have yet to run into any problems with LinkedIn. Visit their website to find out more.

This is good for some and bad for others

As LinkedIn Ai algorithm has definitely improved! 

Previously, any excessive use or a sudden change in LinkedIn user’s behavior makes the user coming under the radar of the LinkedIn algorithm.

However, this is not the case now.

You might get banned if you get caught, multiple times:

Using third-party tools, for now, is not Illegal but it’s definitely against the TOS (Terms of Service) so be careful as the excessive or sudden change in your profile behavior might get you in trouble

LinkedIn has been in a constant battle against these automation tools and is always looking for ways to shut them down.

LinkedIn has mentioned exclusively here that: 

Any member who uses tools for such purposes is in violation of the User Agreement. This means they risk having their accounts being restricted or shut down. They also risk the possibility that these tools may become non-operational without notice. In order to keep our members’ data safe, we’re constantly working to improve our technical measures and defenses against the operation of scraping, automation, and other tools that abuse LinkedIn’s platform.

 

Here’s a link to a page that describes what’s prohibited on the platform.

 

LinkedIn is looking for…

adapt Prospector
adorito
aevy
alore.io
amazinghiring
auto Connect tools Lily
Candidate.ai
CleverStaff
colabo extension
Contact Out
Crelate
data Scraper
datananas
daxtra
discoverly
dux-soup(fixed)
Ebstabullhorn
EbstaSalesforce
Ecquire
eLink Pro
Email Finder
Email Hunter
Emply
Entelo
EyeMail
found.ly
gay2sms
Get Email
HirEtuaL
Hr-Skyen
icebreaker
iMacros
instant data Scraper
Jlenty
Lead Generator
Leadconnect
LeadGibbon
Leadiq
Leadkedin
Leonard for Linkedin
Linked Helper
Linkedbot
Linkedin assistant Lily
Linkedin-Hubspot Connector
LinkedPro
Linkedroid
LinkeLead
Linklead.io
LinkMatch for CatS
LinkMatch for Greenhouse
LinkMatch for PCrecruiter
LinkMatch for Pipedrive
LinkMatch for zoho CrM
LinkMatch for zoho recruit
LinkMe tool
LinMailNavigator
LinMailPro
Loxo Social import
Lusha
Lusha (FireFox Extension)
Nimble
People.camp
Prophet
Prospect.io
ProspectHive
Prospectify
ramper
recruiterNerd
Sales Lead Multiplier
saleslift.io
SalesLoftCadence
SalesloftProspector
Salestools
SeekOut
SellHack
Skrapp
Slik
Snapaddy Grabber
Social2Sugar
Sourcebreaker
Sourcehub
Spider for Linkedin
StepWells(colabo)
talentbin
turboHiring