Quick Facts
  • When you post a photo or video on Instagram, it will be displayed on your profile. 
  • Instagram is a great networking tool, but can be exploited to access private photos, geo-locate, delete photos, edit comments and post new photos. 
  • An Instagram account can be directly linked to a Facebook account. 
  • Using hashtags on Instagram posts will enhance a user’s engagement. A hashtag improves user’s chances of having their photo seen by other users who do not directly follow them. 

  • Don’t post information, photos or videos you wouldn’t want made public. 
  • Always use strong and unique passwords. 
  • Enable personal verification as a tool if you forget your password. 
  • Do not allow access to 3rd party apps that may collect your information. 
  • Keep backups of your posts if they are important to you or your business. 
  • Unfollow or block those that threaten your wellbeing. 
  • Disable geolocation on posts, tailored ads and others ability to tag you in photos. 
  • Use a “link checker” service to ensure all links are safe before clicking! 
  • Use private accounts so that only those who you permit can see your content. 

Detection & Response 
  • Your account is leaving comments or sharing things that you haven’t posted. 
  • Without acting, your account starts to follow people you don’t know and also like their images. 
  • There are images on your account which you KNOW aren’t yours. 
  • You don’t have access to your account anymore and you are 100% sure that you’re using the right password and it’s not a technical glitch. 
  • If your registered Instagram account email was changed, there should be an email from Instagram confirming that you’ve changed your email. 
  • Click the link attached to the email to revert your account back to the original email address. 
  • If you don’t have this email, do a passwordreset to reset the password to your original emailaccount. 
  • If you don’t get this email reset your password then report your account as being compromised to Instagram. 
  • Inform Instagram immediately if your account has been compromised by going to their Help Centre (see https://help.instagram.com). 

For more information on social media security. Please see our other Social Media Fact Sheets

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