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How To Set Instagram Privacy And Security Settings

How To Set Instagram Privacy And Security Settings

Instagram, one of the MOST popular social media apps in the world, now has many different settings to control what you see, and what others see about you. Instagram, owned by Facebook is a 13+ rated social media photography based app, used extensively by teens and adults. Many teens are very good at moderating their feeds and setting privacy settings, but there is more to do! Instagram accounts sometimes get hacked. It is also vital that ordinary non-commercial users of Instagram have privacy settings enabled to prevent their personal posts being seen by strangers, or being stolen for use elsewhere.

Hacking Is On The Rise!

At any school I visit when I ask for a “hands up” about hacked Instagram accounts, I get more students than you would expect reporting, and am sometimes approached by parents who have a child with a hacked account. It can be that the teen has previously shared a password, or set a too easy to guess password, or fallen for some scam that has stolen their login details.

New App Based Two Factor Authentication

Instagram now have what is known as “Two Factor Authentication”, they previously required your phone number to set this extra security setting up, so that you would receive a 6 digit code sent via SMS to your phone to verify that it was you, the genuine account holder logging in. Recently Instagram have followed other online platforms to allow the safer App based Two Factor method to get verification codes via an Authentication App that resides on your phone or mobile device, such as Google Authenticator, which when installed on your phone, and linked with your social media accounts give you much better security to prevent a hacker accessing your account. So rather than receiving an SMS code, you simply open the Authenticator app on your mobile device when prompted and choose the corresponding code for your account that changes every minute or so to reveal a new code. Keeping your phone number offline is incredibly important these days with the rise of Phone Porting Scams and Identity theft, that is also on the rise. With the new App based method, you can have the extra security, without the need to store your phone number in your online accounts.

What Happens If Your Account Is Hacked?

If your Instagram account is hacked a hacker can block your access to your account, by changing the password, or sabotaging your account in some way. They may also use it to scam your followers, or humiliate you in some way by posting objectionable content. Getting your account back after it has been hacked can be very difficult, and there is no guarantee that the hacker won’t use the information they find in your account to steal more from you, or they may sabotage your account by deleting followers or removing your account completely. In fact some very high profile Instagramers have recently had their accounts hacked, and then have been asked by the hackers to pay a ransom to get their accounts back without the account being vandalised. Reporting to Instagram that your account is hacked can take some time to get a response so prevention is better than cure.

Instagram Is NOT For Children Under 13+

Please Note: Instagram is an adult app rated 13+, with explicit adult content easily found through the search menu. This may be in the form of pornography, violence, swearing, nudity, and drug use. A simple search using obvious adult terms will bring up examples of these.  There are no adult content filters available that work to filter out adult content within Instagram. Along with the issues around stranger contact and the social and bullying side of Instagram, it is entirely unsuitable for underage users.

Step By Step Help

Below is my step by step video leading you though what the settings are in Instagram in the Privacy and Security tab, and what they mean and how to set them. Make sure your Teens have security and privacy set on their accounts to protect them from prying eyes and someone trying to take advantage of them online.

There are more settings like these in my Cyber Safety Manual “Keeping Kids Safe Online” at my website www.thecybersafetylady.com.au/shop/

How To Book The Cyber Safety Lady For A Talk

How To Book The Cyber Safety Lady For A Talk

  Leonie Smith is “The Cyber Safety Lady” Book “The Cyber Safety Lady” For Your School, Business or Event Sydney based, Leonie is one of Australia’s leading Cyber Safety Experts. She is a registered provider with the Australian Governments Office Of The eSafety Commissioner. Her practical “How To” approach to Cyber Safety gives attendees the tools to help solve… Continue Reading

Fortnite: Battle Royal The Online Game Taking The Gaming World By Storm!

Fortnite: Battle Royal The Online Game Taking The Gaming World By Storm!

What parents need to know about this extremely popular online game Fortnite: Battle Royal   The Cyber Safety Lady’s Slightly “Clueless Gamer” Style Review Of Fortnite: Battle Royal M or Mature Rated in Australia or “Not Suitable For Under 15 Years” (it is rated 12+ in other countries) I’ve been taking my usual unscientific “hands-up”… Continue Reading

Detroit: Become Human – What Parents Need To Know

Detroit: Become Human – What Parents Need To Know

 A new video game called “Detroit: Become Human” to be released this year for Playstation 4 is causing quite an outrage, as you can see by this article I’ve linked to. This new game contains scenes involving murder and violent abuse of a child. In a movie, those scenes would be disturbing enough, but in… Continue Reading

Snapchat, Musical.ly, and Instagram – 8 Year Old Children on 13+ Apps

Snapchat, Musical.ly, and Instagram – 8 Year Old Children on 13+ Apps

Reflections on 2017 This year I’ve been to Perth, Kangaroo Island, Tasmania, Townsville and Griffith among other exotic locations. It is fascinating to see how each location differs with their approach to online safety and how the community is, or is not… getting involved. I was heartened to see some of the smaller communities I visited like Kangaroo… Continue Reading

YouTube Kids App Don’t Leave Your Kids Alone With It!

YouTube Kids App Don’t Leave Your Kids Alone With It!

Trigger Warning: Creepy Clown Image Below: The “YouTube Kids” App was launched two years ago in 2015. I reviewed the app just after it’s launch here in Australia. Google developed the app specifically to be a safer video viewer app for children to use. Note: They do have a disclaimer within their “Parental Guide Page” within… Continue Reading

Parents Guide To Twitter

Parents Guide To Twitter

There’s been a few media stories last week about Twitter exposing young people to pornography. Twitter is an adult social media platform, and all adult social media platforms have adult content and pornography. So… nothing new here. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, even Musical.ly all have various amounts and levels of pornography and adult content. Twitter’s pornography is… Continue Reading