Instagram is a great way to share your photos and videos with the world, but it’s also important to protect your account from hackers. Here are four reasons why you should protect your Instagram account.
11 Ways to Protect Your IG Account
1. Change your password
The first thing you should do is change the password to your Instagram account. Make sure that it’s a strong, unique password that can’t be easily guessed or hacked by a computer program.
2. Report the hack to Instagram
If you were able to log into your account and see things that you didn’t post, then you should probably report the hack to Instagram. Click on your profile picture in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and click ‘Report a Problem’ at the very bottom of that drop-down menu. Then choose “Someone else hacked my account” and follow their instructions from there.
3. Consider adding two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication is an added layer of security for your Instagram account. When you log in to your account from a new browser or device, Instagram will send you a code via text to make sure that it’s really you logging into the account. Check out the official Instagram website and search for “two factor authentication” and read more about how it works.
4. Back up your account
Finally, you should back up your account so that you don’t lose any of the photos or videos that are already there. When you upload something to Instagram, it only saves the link to the file, not the file itself. So if all your files were deleted off Instagram’s servers without being backed up, then the only copies that will be left are what you previously downloaded from Instagram. After backing up your account, turn off automatic backups in your Instagram preferences. You can also consider using a dedicated photo storage service like iCloud on your iPhone, Google Photos or Flickr if you want to back up large amounts of photos and videos online.
5. Keep your device secure
It’s also important to keep your phone or tablet secure. Make sure you have a strong password set up on it, and consider using two-factor authentication for added security. When you’re not using the device, make sure that you lock it so that others can’t access your personal information.
If all else fails, you can always delete the account and start fresh. However, this is not recommended as it permanently removes all your photos and videos from Instagram’s servers. Backing up your account before deleting it allows you to recover those old files in any other service or by directly downloading them onto your computer again.
6. Keep yourself secure online
In the end, it’s important to keep yourself secure online. Use strong passwords, avoid clicking on suspicious links and do research on the apps you have downloaded onto your devices. Make sure that all your software is up-to-date so that there aren’t any security vulnerabilities hackers can take advantage of. If a website or app has been breached, then change your password immediately.
7. Don’t jailbreak or root your iPhone or Android Phone.
If you have a jailbroken or rooted phone,you should change your passwords as soon as possible. Hackers can use vulnerabilities in those modified operating systems to exploit them and gain access to your smartphone. This is not only bad for your Instagram account but other accounts as well. The best way to keep hackers out of your phone is to keep it factory reset and never jailbreak or root.
8. Use a diverse username/email address
If you have your username as “thequeenofblah” then it will be easier for people to find out your password because they’ll know the name of the email you registered with, but if it’s “ilovecats123” they’ll have to guess.
9. Use a good password manager
Use a password manager like 1Password or Lastpass to generate strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts, including Instagram. If one account is compromised, hackers won’t be able to use that same password on other accounts because they are not the same!
10. Keep your phone updated and turn on automatic updates
If you care about the security of your phone, make sure that it is always updated with the latest software and that you enable automatic update so that it installs as soon as possible after an update has been released. Hackers often look for known vulnerabilities in software to exploit, so staying up-to-date will protect you from various exploits.
11. Only download Instagram from official sources
Make sure you download the Instagram app only from official sources like the Google Play Store, Huawei App Gallery, Samsung Galaxy Store and Apple App Store. Don’t download any .apk file from third-party websites, because these could install spyware on your phone. If you have already downloaded a .apk from a third-party app store, it’s best to uninstall Instagram and reinstall it from Play Store or App Store.
By following these tips, you should be able to keep your Instagram account secure from hackers. Stay safe online!