Now I know that it is only Instagram, but anyone who has tried to build an online following will know that it represents such a lot of hard work. Even if your Instagram is all play and no work, I think we can appreciate how upsetting it would be for it to disappear overnight.
For Ashley, it started during the downtime between Christmas and New Year, when a strange picture of two men was posted to her account @lazydaisyjones. Realising that it had been hacked, she disabled the account and contacted Instagram (they responded, with advice). But before the issue could be resolved, whoever had hacked into @lazydaisyjones deleted the whole lot. Read more about it in a blog post by Not Dressed As Lamb.
There are several ways that you can help to secure your account against this happening.
I’m really guilty of not taking password security seriously enough and having multiple accounts and apps that all use the same one. The advice is to pick a strong Instagram password, which means using a combination of at least six numbers, letters, and punctuation marks.
We should also try to remember to change it regularly, here’s how to switch it up.
Watch your apps
How many of us keep track of all the apps we have downloaded and granted access to our Instagram? I’m betting not many. Granting third-party apps access to our accounts leaves us exposed to hackers. Instagram particularly recommends that we delete access to apps that fall outside of their community guidelines.
Ashley says “my account was an old one started in 2013 and had a lot of app access and authorisation that I hadn’t updated. I have now also unlinked from FB and twitter as a further precaution”.
Switch on two-factor authentication
By activating two-factor authentication, your Instagram account can no longer be accessed with just a password. To log-in, you will also need a unique, time-sensitive code, which you receive via text message.
4 steps to secure your Instagram account:
1. Go to Settings
2. Click Privacy and Security
3. Then Two-Factor Authentication
4. Finally, switch on Two-Factor Authentication and it will not be possible to log into your Instagram account without a code that is texted to your phone.
Once you have secured your Instagram account, why not click here and read my new post about social media trends to watch in 2019.