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Protecting Your Privacy on Instagram

Social media has turned everyday life into an open book. People post pictures of what they eat for breakfast, they announce when they get promotions, and take every chance to show off the lovely life they are living. This is wonderful and fun. It helps people connect on a new level and make friends, but some wish to keep some privacy.

One of the worst violators of privacy is Instagram. They use data to target Instagramers with ads and accounts that they may like. They analyze what they post and what they observe online to perfect this algorithm. That being said, the more private an account is, the less likely they will gain followers. There’s a solution for that, though.

Switching to private mode

The easiest way to be more private online is through private mode. When people go on private mode, however, they have a harder time acquiring an online audience. Nobody wants to knock on closed doors. They want to see the wonderful content each user has to offer. This problem can be solved by taking the risks and keeping your account on public mode while building a following. Instagrammers can gain an audience and then go to private mode, which will help limit their fans and give them the privacy they need. Modern technology has done its job. Instagram users can even buy real followers on Instagram that best match their content and interests: more details at InstaGrowing. But it’s important to understand that, when buying followers, Instagrammers will have to go on public mode until they receive their delivery of followers. As soon as they obtain them, they can go back to private mode.

As mentioned before, the easiest way to shield an Instagram page is through private mode. Going in private mode is simple – anyone can do it by following these steps.

  • First, go to Instagram’s settings menu in the top right corner.
  • Second, select the “privacy” option
  • Then, choose “account privacy”
  • Here, users can change their account from public to private.

Once this is set up, new followers will have to request to follow that account. It is dependent on the users’ opinion to accept or follow them. These same steps can be used when turning the page public again, which will be beneficial when ordering new followers.

Private Stories

Private stories are another element of private mode. Lucky for Instagrammers, an account doesn’t need to be on “private” to make their stories private. If Instagram stories have more personal details in them – like location and family – it can be made so only followers see them. This is a simplistic approach to being cautious on Instagram, and it’s easy to do.

  1. Just like when setting an account to private, the first step is to go to Instagram settings.
  2. Next, select the “privacy” option.
  3. Then, select the “story” option

4.      Here, Instagrammer can either select a group of “close friends” they will allow to view their story, or they can specifically look up accounts they don’t want to see their story. If they are okay with all their followers seeing their story, they can make them all close friends.

This gives an extra element of privacy to a page that will make Instagrammers feel more comfortable. Through this option they can also eliminate messaging through stories, as well as resharing. They can find more information on making their page extra private online.

Managing data sharing

Instagram and other social media sites sell account data to different companies. This helps them target Instagrammers and coerce them into buying their products. Through a profile, Instagram is able to collect:

This is particularly eerie and something people gloss over when registering for an account. Luckily, there are ways to protect information online.

Remove personalized ads

Instagram targets registered users with personalized ads. Though few people understand the extent to which they do this, it is possible to remove them.

  1. Go to Instagram Settings.
  2. Select the “Privacy” option.
  3. Select “Ad Preferences” and then “Ad Settings.”
  4. Then turn off both ad options: “Ads based on data from partners” and “Ads based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhere.”

By turning off ads, the registered user is eliminating Instagram’s need to search through and sell their data to other companies. This may be a small step in terms of privacy, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Disable location tracking

As tempting as it is to share all those beautiful pictures in the Bahamas, remove location tracking. Preventing Instagram from knowing where a person is and what they are doing ensures stronger security. Post the location in the caption, but refrain from using the location tag. It is also smart to turn off location services for Instagram.

Disable photo sharing with Instagram

Instagram is able to reach out users’ photo albums on their phones, and use those photos as their own. To disable this, follow these steps.

  1. Select “Settings” on the phone.
  2. Then select “Apps.”
  3. Click the “Photos” option.
  4. In this area, click “never.”

This will make sure the photo and videos Instagram has access to are just the ones posted on the account’s feed.

Stay safe

Having social media can be fun, but it can also be scary. Be safe online and follow these precautions to protect information. It’s okay to share pictures of “avocado toast” on Instagram and fun beach videos– just remember that once the information is online, it’s there for the taking.


Staff Writer at CPO Magazine