Instagram can be a powerful tool. It can be an excellent platform for advertising and an easy way to promote your brand. However, a lot of your business’ reputation can lie within Instagram, and one bad post from a hacker can have significant consequences. How can you protect yourself from hackers? ON Ad has the insight!

Dual Login

Having a dual login system in place is an easy way to keep hackers from getting access to your Instagram account. Even if a hacker finds out a password, they will not be able to get in because of the second device needed to authenticate themselves.

Revoke access to third-party apps

Third party apps are other social networks, services that alert you when users unfollow you, or a service that posts on your behalf that may have access to your account. Do not give access to apps you do not trust or apps that seem sketchy. Using the apps that are managed by the Facebook or Instagram team is a good rule of thumb to follow.

Beware of unrecognized, shortened URL’s

Some examples of shortened URL’s are:
http://adf.ly/id
http://tinyurl.com/id
http://bc.vc
There are more URL’s out there, some are shortened like the ones above and some are not. Either way, they look a little different than a regular, safe URL. It’s crucial to stay away from clicking a shortened URL and avoiding accounts that contain them. These links are one of the most important things to beware of on Instagram or any social media platform. They give hackers access to private information in your account by using hidden malware.

Instagram is a fun and useful social media platform for many people and businesses. But, it’s everyone’s worst nightmare to lose control of an account because of trusting an unworthy source or link. By following cautious protocol and these helpful tips, you can ensure the reputation of your personal or business brand stays safe. To learn more about how we keep our accounts safe and how you can protect yourself, your business and your brand, contact us today!

For further reading, learn how an Instagram influencer had her account hacked, what steps she had to take to get her account back, and how she now protects her Instagram from having this happen again.