Do you post personal photos on Instagram where you have thousands of strange followers? Are you concerned about the safety of such visual stories?
People can’t download photos from Instagram like sites. But they can take screenshots of the picture and use as they like. This’s the situation for all images you uploaded on the web as public. So either you avoid posting of private photos on social sites or stop accepting strangers as your friends there.
We discussed social media privacy a couple of weeks back and explained how can we create private accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Today we’ll tell you how to create an Instagram private account.
Creating an Instagram private account
Instagram is our favorite site to post photos, videos and collect feedback from the followers. We upload and share various kinds of contents there including those from the family, vacations, events or others. In a few moments, you can make your existing Instagram account private and protect your personal assets from the prying eyes.
Sign in to your Instagram account first. Follow these steps to create an Instagram private account.
Tap the gear icon on your profile to open Settings and choose ‘Privacy and Security’ from the popup box. A new page will open with relevant settings to safeguard your Instagram privacy.
Check the first ‘Private Account’ option to make your account private. Once it enabled, no one can follow you without your permission. If someone attempts to follow, Instagram will notify you through the Activity tab. You have to approve such requests to add them to your network. If not, they can’t see the photos and videos you post on the photo-sharing site.
Scroll down the page to enable or disable your activity status, sharing and filter comments. Instagram shows your activity status on the apps and thus lets others know when did you come online last. Disable the option to hide your status. Thereafter you won’t be able to see the activity status of other accounts as well.
Open the Instagram app on your mobile and tap three lines on the top right corner of the screen. Click Settings from the bottom panel and choose ‘Privacy and security’ from the next screen. Click ‘Story Controls’ to get additional settings.
Sharing is another option which you should turn off from the same screen. Thus you can make sure that no one is sharing your stories with their network of friends.
Want to hide your stories from specific followers? Choose ‘Hide story from’ option and add users from whom you want to hide Instagram stories.
Go back to the Privacy and security settings to configure your comment controls. Instagram allows you to accept comments from the people you follow, your followers and both. You can also block specific users if needed.
Do you want to block a friend on Instagram without letting them know? Just visit their profile.
Tap the three dots on the right end of their username. Choose ‘Block this user’ from the box. That’s it. The person won’t get any notification when you block him/her.
Learn how to further protect your Instagram account with two-factor authentication.
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