How to protect your Instagram account from hackers

Instagram is a great way to share photos with friends, family, and the rest of the world, but it could also open you up to privacy and security risks. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. It’s easy to protect yourself and still get the most out of what Instagram has to offer.

Here are five ways to keep your account safe. There are separate instructions for the web and for mobile apps and notations where the iOS and Android apps differ. 

Two-Factor Authentication

Instagram has a useful feature called Two-Factor Authentication that you can enable for enhanced security. If Instagram doesn't recognize a device attempting to use your login, you'll get a text and be asked to enter a specific login code or confirm your login attempt. We suggest having this feature on at all times - it can be a gamechanger when it comes to protecting your account from hackers.

  • Go to “Settings” > “Privacy and Security” > “Two-Factor Authentication” > “Get Started.”
  • Toggle on “Text Message.


If you’d prefer to instead use an authentication app like Google Authenticator, toggle on “Authentication App” instead. The app will see if you already have one installed. If you don’t, it will suggest one.

ON MOBILE

Go to your profile by tapping the “person” icon on the lower-right corner of the screen. Swipe to the left and tap the Settings gear icon that appears.

  • Select “Privacy and Security” then “Account Privacy.”
  • Toggle “Private Account” on.

ON THE WEB

Click on the “person” icon in the upper-right corner, and then look for the gear icon next to your name.

  • Select “Privacy and Security” then “Account Privacy.”
  • Click on the checkbox for Private Account.

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