Let’s talk about how to protect your privacy and stay secure on Instagram.
If you’re looking for the best way to share your prized photos and videos with your family and friends, nothing beats Instagram.
It’s the most popular photo-sharing tool available, with over one-billion users around the world.
It’s no surprise, as it’s easy to use and intuitive.
The only problem is, while you’re sharing those photos and videos with your family and friends, you’re also sharing them with everyone else who uses Instagram.
That can lead to a lot of privacy problems for you.
If you have concerns about hackers or other cybercriminals hacking into your personal life by looking into your private images and potentially stealing your data, there is a fix: Go Private!
By making your account private, you’ll be sharing your photos only with the people you choose to see your posts while hiding them from everyone else.
There’s only one important consideration when going private: when you do go “private,” people who were following you at that time will still be following you and will be able to see your posts.
There is a workaround – so if you see a name that you’d like to deny access to your account, simply remove them from your individual follower’s list.
It’s best practice to block followers that you don’t know.
To do this, go to your “profile” – tap on “follower count.”
Go through your list and tap the large “Remove Button” next to the name of anyone you want to delete.
Deleting your Instagram Account
At one point or another, you might decide there are simply too many privacy concerns and that it’s best to delete your Instagram account.
It could simply be that you don’t want any personal info out in cyberspace that could ultimately be used to harm you, or you’ve moved on to something else.
If you want an extra layer of privacy, don’t show your “Activity Status,” which reveals the last time you were using Instagram.
Another tactic is to revoke access to third-party apps – especially any apps that weren’t created by Facebook or Instagram.
Here’s why: third-party apps have access to personal information and your profile, and that means someone can get hold of your personal and private info.
On a positive note, it’s not that difficult to do.
Simply log into your Instagram account, scroll to the “Delete My Account” link.
You’ll need to enter a reason why you’re deleting your account using their drop-down menu.
After you do, you’ll be required to re-enter your password, and your next step is to click on “Permanently Delete My Account.”
You’ll find it at the bottom of the screen.
To make sure that you’re correctly following the necessary steps, be sure to check out the user guide on how to delete Instagram account.
Additional Privacy Concerns
Has someone already hacked your Instagram account?
Your Instagram provides a way for you to check, simply by viewing your past account activity.
Simply look at logins, logouts, password changes, and other factors.
Because you know your Instagram activity better than anyone else, it’s up to you to check on it.
To check, go to Instagram on the web and click on the “Person” icon, which you’ll find in the upper-right hand corner of the screen.
Click on the gear icon and go to “Privacy and Security,” and then to “View Account Data.”
Look for “account privacy changes,” and “password changes” and “stories activity.”
If you notice unfamiliar activity, someone else has been in your account.
To block them, change your password.
Speaking of “stories activity,” it’s recommended that you stop saving your posts and your stories.
Sharing your stories with everyone puts your privacy at risk.
The good news is that it’s easy to keep Instagram stories hidden from specific followers, as well as prevent people from sharing your stories with their own followers.
You get to control who sees and interacts with your stories.
Simply go to your profile, hit the “Menu” button, and then go to the “Options” menu.
Scroll over to “Story Settings,” and then move the sliders to obtain maximum privacy.
Here’s something else you can do: turn off “Share Your Story to Facebook,” and choose the people you want to “Hide Story” from.
This will give you maximum Instagram security.
One additional word of caution – never post images or videos you wouldn’t want your family or business colleagues to see.
It’s always better to be “safe rather than sorry” when it comes to photos on the Internet.
Taking a few precautions will provide you with a safer experience when using Instagram.