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Protect Instagram data: privacy settings for more security

What a great concert ... you just have to quickly post a selfie on Instagram before the action on the stage. But is that really wise? What would your boss think if he happened to see you on the portal and noticed that you were partying late at night? But what would be even worse: if he thinks a photo is real, which apparently was posted on your account by a stranger. How can that be? And where does the ad for the shop you are near come from? You can prevent all of this with some Instagram settings if you wish. UPDATED introduces you to the most important protective measures.

Control content: who sees what?

What you publish on Instagram is visible to everyone - at least if you don't change the default settings. But you can limit the audience.

Activate the “private” setting

Stand up your posts private, they will only be shown to those subscribers that you have confirmed. This is how your account stays private:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your smartphone and go to your profile by tapping your profile picture at the bottom of the navigation bar on the far right.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu (the three horizontal bars) in the top right.
  3. Choose Settings > Privacy and security > Account privacy.
  4. Activate the function Private account using the associated slider. A message will pop up informing you of the consequences of the change. Tap here To changeto make your account private.
    If your account is set to “private”, you decide who can view your posts.

You can use the same path to make your account visible to the general public again using the slider.

Turn off activity status

Nobody should see when exactly you are active on Instagram - not even your subscribers or those with whom you exchange direct messages? If you want that nobody can see your activity status and can draw conclusions about your daily routine from this, change the visibility:

  1. Go to your profile in the Instagram app.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu (the three horizontal bars) in the top right.
  3. Choose Settings > Privacy and security > Activity status.
  4. Uncheck the option View activity status using the associated slider. Your activity status is no longer visible to anyone. However, you can no longer see the activity status of others.
    You can check in just a few steps whether other Instagram users can see your activity status.

Select the recipients of your stories

Once you've created a new story, you can make it visible to the world - but you don't have to. You can freely choose the recipients of your stories or exclude certain people.

How to determine the recipients of your stories:

  1. If you have created a new story, select at the bottom right Send at.
  2. From the overview of your Instagram friends that is now displayed, you can select individual people and give them via the respective Send-Button send your story directly.
  3. Alternatively choose Close friends only. So you can select all of your best friends at the same time with one tap.

Tip: You can edit your “close friends list” right here. Tap the three dots in the top right corner, then tap Edit your close friends list.

You can also find them from your profile via the hamburger menu and the point Close friends.

How to exclude individuals as recipients of your stories:

  1. Go to your profile in the Instagram app and tap the hamburger menu.
  2. Choose Settings > Privacy and security > Story settings > Hide story in front.
  3. Check the box next to anyone you don't want to see your stories.
  4. Confirm with a tap of your finger Done.
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Limit comments

Not everyone should be able to write everything they want on your account? Then you can control what is happening with various settings:

  1. Open your Instagram profile in the app.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu (the three horizontal bars) in the top right.
  3. Choose Settings > Privacy and security > Comment settings.
  4. Tap the arrow at on the right Block comments from. In the following screen you can use the search find the people you want to add to the list. Once you've found her, tap next to her username Blocking. You can no longer comment on your postings.
  5. Then go back to the menu Comment settings.
  6. Activate the slider next to it Hide offensive commentsto automatically delete offensive comments.
  7. Activate the slider at Manual filter for your own criteria according to which comments should be hidden. For example, enter words that are not allowed to appear in the comments, otherwise the comments will be deleted. By the way, emojis are also possible here.
  8. Do you have the function Manual filter activated, the option also appears Filter on the most frequently reported termsto add these terms to the selection criteria for deleting the comments.
    You decide who can comment on your photos and which comments are hidden.

Caution, image rights!

The freedom on Instagram has its limits. For example, if you interfere with the copyrights of others or violate other rights. In other words: If you post pictures that you are not allowed to post at all. Therefore:

  • Only post pictures that you have taken yourself.
  • Be careful when photographing works of art that are not visible to everyone in public.
  • Make sure you don't get the impression that you are posting on behalf of certain brands or companies.
  • Remember that the people who are clearly visible in your picture must agree to this. As a rule, this does not apply if you are photographing a whole crowd, for example fans in a football stadium.

Protect your Instagram account and data

There are other settings that you can make so that no one has unauthorized access to your account or taps more data than is necessary or recommended.

Use two-factor authentication

This special security procedure is already used by several providers on the Internet, for example Google and Apple. The highlight: As soon as someone accesses your account from an unknown device, confirmation is required via a device known to the portal.

How to activate two-factor authentication:

  1. Open your Instagram profile in the app.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu (the three horizontal bars) in the top right.
  3. Choose Settings > Privacy and security > Two-step authentication.
  4. Tap Here we go.
  5. On the next screen, choose one of the two methods given to confirm access.
    Activate the slider at SMS, you will be sent a code to a smartphone of your choice that you have to enter when accessing Instagram. Enter the phone number of the smartphone you want to use.
    Activate the slider at Authentication app, you can use the Google Authenticator, for example. You can find out more about this in the guide to set up the Google Authenticator app - this is how it works.
  6. Then follow the steps on the screen to finally activate the two-factor authentication.
With two-factor authentication, access to your account is even better protected.

Protect cell phone number

Instagram not only asks for your phone number in the course of two-factor authentication. You can also add it to the information on your profile. But that is not necessary. Instagram uses the phone number to make it easier for you to be found on the platform.

So if you don't want your account to be found by anyone using your phone number, just leave the field blank. To check if Instagram knows your phone number, open your profile in the Instagram app and tap Edit profile. Under Private information you can see whether you have given your phone number.

Hide location

Safe: A selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower clearly shows where you are. However, avoid pointing out your current location wherever possible. Otherwise, for example, burglars could see that you are on vacation - and that your apartment is unguarded.

It is therefore best to deactivate the location function for Instagram. With iOS that goes under Settings > Data protection. There you can turn off the location services completely using the slider or determine them individually for each app.

With Android you cannot deactivate the location services for the app in advance. So tap on the three dots for each picture immediately after posting and choose Edit > Delete location.

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No world of images for everyone

Toxic comments, false friends and the uncertainty about which data is used and how can spoil the fun of Instagram. But nobody asks that you show your photos to the entire networked world - or completely hide them from everyone else. You can very well decide for yourself whom you let participate in your world of images and thus in your life. And who is allowed to comment publicly and how. Just follow the tips in this guide.

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