Instagram Privacy and Security Settings Guide

In this guide, we will demonstrate how to secure your Instagram privacy and security settings to effectively lock down your personal account. 

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Creating a Strong Password
 

Having a strong password is the first step to having a fully locked-down account. The main way Instagram accounts can be compromised is by having a weak password. If your password is less than 6 characters long or does not contain an UPPERCASE letter, a lowercase letter, numbers (123456789), and symbols (@#$%&) then please strengthen your passwords. Also, if you use the same password with anything else, change it right away!

Open your Instagram App.

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Select the three horizontal lines in the top right corner.

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The password setting is one of the first options.

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To navigate to your settings, you need to first access your profile.

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From the pop-out, at the very bottom you can then enter your settings.

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At this screen, you can now change your password.

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Managing Your Account Privacy
 

The main step in having a secure and private account is setting your account to "private" so only the followers you allow can see your posts.

Navigate to your settings page and under the "Privacy and Security" section it is the first option.

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Ensure your account is private.

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Enable "Private Account."

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Hiding Your Activity Status
 

Instagram messaging has a feature where it informs you of when the people you have been messaging are currently online or when they were last online. For privacy, we recommend disabling this setting to prevent people from seeing your Instagram activity and learning more about your behaviour online.

This an example view of Instagram messaging.  Below each account is their activity status.

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Activity status is on *by default* on all Instagram accounts. 

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Navigate to your settings page and look for "Activity Status."

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Ensure this setting is disabled.

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Bio Information

Your profile's bio can often contain information not recommend to have available to the public. It is important to note that anything added to your account's bio is always public, regardless of account privacy settings. Do not include any information such as links to other personal social media accounts, location information, friends' IG usernames, school, etc.

Even with the private account setting enabled all information in the bio will always be public.

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Select "Edit Profile."

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Navigate to your profile page.

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Remove any personal information.

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Two-Factor Authentication

One of the best methods of securing any account is enabling two-factor authentication. This effective security feature helps make sure that only you can log into your account by adding a login requirement in addition to your password.

 

Once enabled, you will not need to enter the unique security code every time you log in. The verification will occur on all new logins on new devices.

Find "Two-Factor Authentication" in your account settings.

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Enter your phone number. This number is not made public on your account; it is used internally by Instagram to verify account access.

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Two-Factor Authentication is now enabled.

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There are two ways to enable. We will show the text message methods.

 

If you have an authenticator app you can use that instead.

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Once the number is added you will be texted a verification code to confirm. Enter the code.

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Write these codes in a safe place in case you do not have access to your phone or have changed your number.

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