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How to maintain privacy and ensure that you are secure on Instagram

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Instagram is currently the most popular social media app. While it’s a great way to share your photos with your friends, your Instagram profile can often be vulnerable to various privacy risks. But then, you can protect yourself on the platform by following certain easy steps. You don’t necessarily have to avoid the platform for it.

We have listed down everything that you can do to make sure your Instagram account is safe. Take a look:

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Make your profile Private

By not having a public profile, you are getting yourself and your content away from the eyes of anyone who you have not accepted as your follower. While it means lesser views on Stories and fewer likes on photos, it also means that your content is only visible to those whom you really care about on the app. Here’s how you can make your Instagram profile private:

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  • Open your profile on Instagram.
  • Swipe to the left and click on the ‘Settings’ icon.
  • Tap on the option of ‘Privacy and Security’ and then select ‘Account Privacy’.
  • Enable the toggle next to ‘Private Account’.
  • If you are accessing your profile via the web, the only difference will be a checkbox in place of a toggle with the option of ‘Private Account’. Just click on it to select the option.

Once you do this, only your followers will be able to see what you post on the platform. Rest will have to wait till you approve their follow request.

Turn on two-factor authentication for your account

If you have the option of two-factor authentication turned on, then you will receive a text message with a code every time you log in to Instagram using a new device. You would be required to enter the code to log in to your account. This basically ensures that no one logs in to your account and poses as you.  Here’s how you can do it:

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  • Go to the Settings of your account and click on ‘Privacy and Security’.
  • Here, tap on ‘Two-Factor Authentication’ and then select ‘Get Started’.
  • Enable the toggle next to ‘Text Message.’ You can also alternatively enable ‘Authentication App’ if you have a preference of that over messages.

Check if your account has been hacked

Do you think that your Instagram account has been hacked? You will be able to confirm this by checking your past account activity on the app. Here’s how you can do that:

  • Go to ‘Settings’ and then tap on ‘Privacy and Security’.
  • Here, click on the option of ‘Access Data’. If you are accessing via the web, you would see the option of ‘View Account Data’ instead. Press on that.
  • You will come to a page that will give you information on various aspects of your profile including ‘Account privacy changes’, ‘Logins’ and ‘Logouts’ to name a few.
  • Check all of these and if you find any unfamiliar activity, it means that someone else has access to your account. If you are sure that this is the case, change your password.

Stop third part apps from getting your data

There are tonnes of third-party apps that will ask to get access to data on your Instagram account. But then, you should only give access to apps that truly require it to function correctly. If you think you have already given access to an app that doesn’t need your Instagram data, you can revoke it too. However, note that this can only be done via the web. Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  • Access your Instagram profile via the web.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on ‘Authorized Apps‘. This will show you a list of apps that have access to your Instagram data.
  • Press on ‘Revoke Access’ for any app you don’t wish to share your data with and when asked to confirm, select ‘Yes’.

Remove some followers

Sometimes, in order to keep your account secure, you need to remove certain followers. This will make sure that they are not able to see your posts anymore. If you think you are in need of this, here’s what you need to do:

  • Select ‘Followers’ on your Instagram profile.
  • Search for the name of the follower you wish to block.
  • Tap on the three-dot icon next to their name, and then select ‘Remove’

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Avani Bagga
Avani Bagga
Avani has an immense love for reading, travelling and food, but not necessarily in the same order. Avani almost started pursuing law, but life had other (better) plans for her and she chose to be a writer instead (luckily!) She previously covered technology at Times Internet and wrote about smartphones, mobile apps and tech startups. When she’s not writing, you’ll be able to find her in book stores or catching up on her social life.
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