ByMarch 3, 2016 4 Comments

Instagram has begun rolling out two-factor authentication, an important and necessary security feature. This is just another way of stopping hackers from taking over your account. All you have to do is provide a phone number, then once you’ve received your security code, copy it to the app and activate the authentication.

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The new security feature will help to crack down on hackers and keep Instagramers’ information safe. But there are already many things you can do to make your Instagram account hack proof. Here are 7 ways you can ensure your information is protected.

1. Choose a strong password

Choose a good, strong password that you don’t already use elsewhere. You should try to include letters (upper and lower case) and numbers in your password. If your account is a business account that more than one person has access to, make sure to give the password to the least amount of colleagues possible. The less people who have access the better the security of your account.

You can use a password manager like 1password to generate a unique and efficient password for your Instagram account. For an idea of what not to do, we’ve included TeamsID’s list of the 25 worst passwords of 2015.

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2. Secure your primary email account.

In the same way as for your Instagram account, make sure you select an adequate password for the email account with which you have signed up to Instagram. Most emails offer two-factor authentication, which means going through 2 separate steps before accessing your account.

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3. Be prudent when allowing access to third party apps.

Some smartphone applications ask your permission to access your Instagram data. You should only allow access when it is absolutely necessary, as some low-quality apps can be flawed, allowing hackers to access your data via the app.

4. Remember to log out if you’re on a shared device.

If you are logging onto a shared device, make sure to never save your password on the browser and to always log out when you’re finished.

5. Block suspicious new followers.

Beware of scammers on Instagram! If someone you don’t know starts following you and you suspect them of being up to no good, block them immediately! In this case, giving someone the benefit of the doubt could cost you your privacy on Instagram.

6. Be wary of shortened URLs you don’t recognize 

If an account seems suspicious, don’t click on any links that might be featured in the account bio – especially shortened URLs you don’t recognize. A hacker can access your private information using malware hidden behind one of these shortened URLs. To be sure of what you’re clicking on, use a URL checking tool like http://urlchecker.org/.

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 7. Always verify the URL of the login page.

When logging in to Instagram on a computer, be sure to check the url of the login page. A genuine URL should look like this:

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If the URL begins with anything other than “https:// there could be malware behind the site which can collect and store your personal information in order to hack your Instagram account. So always be aware that the URL matters!

We hope this information has been useful to you! Let us know your thoughts on Instagram privacy below.

Emily Lydon

Author Emily Lydon

Emily is an Inbound Marketer for Iconosquare, based in the Limoges office. She loves all things social and revels in keeping on top of the social media marketing game by writing for the blog. She’s also a bit obsessed with sushi, gin and Netflix.

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  • Krys

    Does this only apply if your account is NOT set to private?
    Because mine is and I don’t have that option to provide a phone number…
    I haven’t changed it to not private just to check this out….

    • Emily Lydon

      Hi Krys, perhaps you haven’t got the new update yet for the two-factor authentication. It should be available for everyone soon!

  • Joyce Hakimian

    My daughter’s instagram account is hacked every other day. Her passwords are very strong. We think someone is using a program to get in. All her friends are hacked also. Any suggestions? Is there an app to block hackers? Is there anyway to find them and charge them legally? This is very disturbing.

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