How to protect your privacy and stay secure on Instagram

Instagram has grown to be a popular social media platform. It is not only ideal when it comes to sharing content, in the form of videos and photos of your friends and family, but has become a marketing tool. Brands, companies, and organizations use the different features to hook and lure in buyers for their new goods, products, and services.

With the part that it plays, it emphasizes the need to improve the security of your Instagram account. There are always malicious parties and entities looking to gain access and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

In this article, we will be outlining several options that are available to you.

A reliable and strong password  

A strong password has to be a combination of upper and lower-case letters, symbols, numbers, and characters. And while this is the case, the final output should not be too hard for you because you shouldn’t forget it after a week.

There are some people who make use of password generators. And while they are an ideal option, we recommend that you adjust them to meet your specific needs and preferences.

When it comes to the management of your password, you can make use of Chrome and other reputable websites. It can help you minimize the number of times that you request Instagram for a new password.

Two-factor authentication

Similar to logging in to your Gmail account, Instagram makes use of a two-factor authentication system. You are requested to add a number to your account. Every time you log in using a different device, you will be requested by the platform to verify your account.

To enable this feature for your account, head over to your profile and select the settings icon. Scroll to the Security tab and activate the feature. Remember to save once you have finished all the changes.

Since we are on the topic of privacy and security, we should mention that this particular feature is not the most secure. Companies such as Facebook have been known to use your phone number for ad targeting. There is a level of vulnerability attached there.

Phishing emails

This has been a threat to many platforms for several years. To counteract this, Instagram put up a feature/ tab “Emails from Instagram.” It allows users and account managers to check whether an email is from Instagram. You can avoid any phishing emails and only use genuine ones.

To access this tab, go to ‘Settings’, then security, and lastly ‘Emails from Instagram.’ You will be able to access all emails from Instagram within the last 14 days.

Additional privacy features and tips to use

– Making your account private. This feature forbids people to see private Instagram accounts.  It restricts the number of people who are able to view your photos and other content.

– Mute accounts. If you suspect an account that has followed you or liked a post, you have the ability to mute them.

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