Better Protect Your Instagram Page (and Your Sanity) in 15 Minutes
By Thea Fiore-Bloom, PhD.
Can you imagine waking up to a call from your mother-in-law asking you something like:
“Why on earth have you decided to take your art down from your Instagram page and put up pornography instead?”
This actually happened to a colleague of mine recently.
During the course of the night, her account had been hacked.
Her painting site? Now a porn site.
Like most hacking victims my artist friend was unable to retrieve her social media account and had to start over from scratch.
Regular, ole’ visual artists are even becoming the targets of hackers demanding ransom on Instagram.
But recently painter and host of the wonderful “Breakfast With Sergio” podcast, Sergio Gomez lost the Instagram account he and his art colleagues had spent years building after it was held for ransom and obliterated.
The good news is, according to IT expert Arthur Brecel there are three easy things you can do (in less than fifteen minutes) that can build a little fortress around your Instagram page that will *lessen the chances of you having to deal with a hack.
Are you up for spending the time it takes to make and drink a cup of tea in your fluffy bunny slippers to better protect all your photos, captions, likes, and followers?
Great. Let’s let Arthur help us get safer, fast with the following three easy steps.
How To Build a Mini-Fortress Around Your Instagram Page in 15 Minutes
Instagram Protection Step 1
The first thing to do takes three minutes; reset your Instagram password.
Consider securely storing your shiny new password in a free password manager app like Last Pass where you only need to remember one password — period.
Instagram Protection Step 2
Okay, You’re doing great. Now it’s time for the “prevent-that-mother- in-law-call- security- feature.”
It’s two-factor authentication. This just means when you sign in from a new device you’ll have to enter a code that you receive via text.
“Two-factor authentication and a secure password will make an Instagram account almost impenetrable,” said Arthur Brecel.
Instagram Protection Step 3
Almost done. Time to reset your Gmail or primary email password.
I know you’ve heard it a million times, but choose a password you haven’t used elsewhere.
Why? Because your email password is typically the gateway to everything else you do online — including your Instagram, Facebook, Amazon, Pinterest, WordPress, Paypal and online banking accounts.
That’s it, you’ve fortressed yourself and greatly lessened the chances of being hacked on Instagram.
But if you want extra credit, consider taking the next two actions as well.
Instagram Safety Extra Credit
Don’t Fall For The Blue Badge Trick
I know, I know, you are a smart cookie and would never consciously click on links on a phishing email. (You know the ones that look like they are sent from Instagram and get you to type in your name and password.)
But we’re only human.
Say we’ve just woken up or are multi-tasking (listening to a podcast or watching YouTube) as we’re parsing through email? It’s not unthinkable that we could distractedly click on a link and robotically type in our username and passcode before we realize we’ve just hoisted ourselves on our own petard.
Be especially aware of the latest Instagram phishing phenom delivered via a scam email that pretends to be awarding you the coveted blue verified badge.
Ever Used Bots or Virtual Assistants To Post on Instagram For You?
Lastly, have you ever used automation tools or bots to load your Instagram feed in the past? (If you have, Brava you tech genius!)
But Instagram’s Privacy and Safety Center advises tech geniuses like you to clean out your third party access list on Instagram.
Experts also advise you to revoke access to companies (besides Instagram and Facebook) and people (like past virtual assistants for example) whom you no longer want to have access to your account.
Instagram third party permissions must be revoked via your desktop not your phone, here’s a two-minute video to show how.
What do you think?
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