Protect Yourself and Your Data on Instagram

Your digital security is paramount, therefore you need to ensure you’re taking as many precautions as possible to minimise data theft. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a technical expert in order to set up a good level of security when using Instagram.

 

Step 1 – The first step to ensuring your Instagram security is top-notch is to pick a strong password. Use a combination of letters, number and special characters and make sure the password is at least six characters long. Avoid using names and dates but try to keep it memorable. For example, 98%Hum4n. If in doubt, check it at www.passwordmeter.com/.

Step 2 – If you log into Instagram on a computer or device that other people can use, make sure you’ve logged out correctly before leaving. If it’s a computer, ensure that the browser has been closed down, as it’s possible to scan previously accessed webpages and gain entry to your Instagram account.

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Passwords

If you’re finding it difficult to come up with a strong password, you can always use one of the many password online generators that are available. We’ve often used www.passwordsgenerator.net to help us create strong passwords of up to 20 characters long. While that may be a little extreme for some, your security is certainly worth it.

Two-factor Authentication

Two-factor Authentication is a security feature that’s available through Instagram’s Account Options page. When activated, you’re be asked to enter an SMS security code, in addition to your username and password, each time you log into Instagram from an unknown device.

Step 1 – Open Instagram and tap the person icon in the bottom menu strip. Now tap the three vertical dots top right; or if you’re using an iOS device, tap the cog icon in the top right. Scroll down through the Account Option page until you get to Two-factor Authentication and tap it.

Step 2 – To activate Two-factor Authentication tap the Require Security Code slider. This then asks for a phone number to register Instagram with; the Two-Factor Authentication can then send a text message to the device to confirm it’s you logging in. Once you’ve entered a number a code is sent; enter it and tap Next to finish the process.

Disable Two-Factor Authentication

Having Two-factor Authentication is a great security addition to Instagram. It stops hackers from accessing your account from other devices and computers and when used in combination with a strong password, ensures your digital protection. However, not everyone wants texts every time they log in from another device. In order to disable it, simply access the Two-Factor Authentication page in Instagram’s options and tap the slider.

David Hayward

David has spent most of his life tinkering with technology, from the ZX Spectrum, getting his hands on a Fujitsu VPP5000/100 supercomputer, and coding on an overheating Raspberry Pi. He's written for the likes of Micro Mart, Den of Geek, and countless retro sites and publications, covering reviews, creating code and bench testing the latest tech. He also has a huge collection of cables.

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