It’s no secret that Instagram is one of the most-used apps on the planet.
Instagram’s user base as of 2021 was over 1.2 million – only behind Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp.
Such numbers present an opportunity for hackers to gain access to huge amounts of data.
Why should you protect your account?
When you create an Instagram account for your brand or business, the last thing you want to happen is for it to get compromised.
Hackers can gain access to your messages and sensitive information once they have control of your account.
While you may get your account back, it’s not always guaranteed.
In cases where the account cannot be retrieved, you would have to rebuild from scratch and all the previous work you’ve put into building your account will be erased.
By the end of this post, you’ll be exposed to six effective ways of securing your account from intruders.
Use a strong password
I cannot stress this point enough. A good password is a hacker’s poison.
The more secure your password is, the harder it takes for intruders to access your account.
A secure password is a full package that consists of:
- 8-12 characters (a combination with symbols, numbers, uppercase and lowercase) – the more the better.
- Regularly updating your password (at least once a year)
- Not using easily identifiable information, like your names, date of birth, car number or other generic information.
Monitor your login activity
Sometimes, you may have to access your account on another device other than your own. It is important to log out after.
This point is essential for persons who may have accessed their accounts on public devices, such as office PCs and internet cafes.
If you identify any unusual activity, log out and change your password.
You can monitor this within the Instagram app
Open Instagram > Head to Settings > Select Security > Select Login activity
2FA stands for two-factor authentication, which gives your account an added layer of security by connecting your account to a device or an email.
To enable 2FA, Open Instagram > Head to Settings > Then Security > Tap two-factor authentication
Avoid suspicious DMs
You may receive the occasional DM asking you to participate in an iPhone giveaway or telling you of a prize you have received.
Such DMs include links which promise rewards after signing up or downloading an app.
Also, you may receive messages from an account posing as an Instagram employee who may tell you that your account has been locked or deactivated.
Behind these links are hackers who can gain access to your account after clicking such links.
The best way to avoid being a victim is to ignore or delete messages of this kind.
Verify all emails
Hackers usually employ this method to target small business owners, influencers and celebrities.
This method entails an email claiming to be from a popular brand. The ‘f’ke’ ‘rand offers sponsorship deals and may ask you to click a link or send them some sort of information.
Also, you should steer clear of ‘f’llower booster’ ‘ccounts that guarantee thousands of followers by asking for your logins.
It is prudent to do your due diligence when conducting business online.
Here are some ways to deal with a fake email:
- Scan for typographical errors (most fake emails have typos in them)
- Never send out your logins or any verification codes via email.
Regularly update the Instagram app
By regularly updating the app, you can protect yourself from security vulnerabilities which are usually fixed in newer versions of the app.
This also allows you to experience the latest features that are available.
Whether you are an individual or a company, following the above tips is essential to safeguard your account from hackers.
Writer Bio: Deo Daaduam is a Ghanaian tech blogger. He loves to write about the latest technology trends, gadgets, and tips to help people make the most out of their devices.
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