Instagram is a very common way to share photos with friends, family, and others if you want to, but it also comes with privacy and security risks. You can enjoy Instagram by protecting yourself and your privacy as much as possible.
First-step password security
Under the Profile tab, navigate to the Settings and Security section. As with any online account, password/password security is one of Instagram’s most important steps. Set a unique, hard-to-guess password. Be especially careful not to have a password that you use on your other online accounts. Be sure to enable two-factor authentication in case your password has been compromised.
We receive emails from many platforms, apps and websites. These emails can be invoices or payment receipts, as well as informative emails about various services and services. However, cyber attackers can step in at this point and send emails that look real but aim to trick the user and steal their data. Instagram developers have developed a kind of precaution to prevent such frauds. In the security section, you can actually see the emails sent by Instagram. So, when you receive an email from Instagram asking you to provide your information in your mailbox, you can open the Instagram app on your phone and check if it is indeed sent by Instagram.
Requests via DM
With Instagram’s direct messaging feature, you may receive a number of requests that appear to be sent by Instagram. You may be asked to fill out a form, enter your phone number, or change your password. Remember that Instagram never asks you via DM. Requests and warnings regarding your account are sent to you by e-mail. You can verify that the source of these emails is Instagram, as described in the section above.
Other apps and websites linked to your Instagram account
Third-party apps that don’t belong to Instagram itself can be quite dangerous. These apps try to expand their networks by offering various tools (filters, marketing tools, etc.) for Instagram. But you should not trust these applications with your eyes closed. Their developers can be dishonest, they can try to take over your account, they can post on your behalf. You can track those third-party apps that have access to your account in the Data & History section. Be sure to remove any that are not allowed or unnecessary. It’s always possible that the app you used was hacked or sold to another company.
Instagram privacy settings
Privacy is as important as the security of your presence on Instagram. Many people share their posts publicly, knowingly or unknowingly. This makes your photos, videos, and profile information visible to everyone. It would be wise to limit your posts and profile information so that only your close friends can see them. For this, we turn to the privacy settings. If you’re not a freak or celebrity and only use Instagram for fun, set your account to private. This way, only approved users will be able to see your profile and posts. But remember that all users before setting this parameter are considered approved. Go to the accounts you follow at the bottom of the Privacy section and remove the ones you don’t want from the Followers section.
Decide who can see your stories
Whether your profile is public or not, you can set who can see, share, or reply to your stories for different groups and followers.
Block unwanted messages (spam)
If you’re bothered by spam, direct messages from your followers, or strangers adding you to weird groups, you can stop them all. Open privacy settings, select Messages and choose options for receiving your request.
Hide your activity status
If you don’t want your followers to know you’re online, you can hide your activity status. Go to Privacy, select Activity Status and turn it off. Note that in this case you will also not be able to see the status of other users.
Hide from certain users
You can block or prevent certain spammers and other unwanted users from accessing your account. Go to the profile of the user you don’t want to use, click on the three dots in the upper right corner and select Block or Restrict. Subscribers on your shortlist can still view your photos and videos and even leave comments, but these comments are only visible to you and the commenter. Finally, don’t forget to review your Facebook settings as they are intertwined.