Is your Instagram account safe?


If you’re not like Tom Hanks at Castaway, you’ve probably heard of a site like Instagram. The Facebook-owned photo social network  has over 400 million active users every month , who on average upload over 80 million photos every day, collecting 3.5 billion hearts.

There is no need to convince anyone that it is quite popular. Last month, a colleague of ours posted a post on Threatpost about the argument between researchers. The vulnerability reported on Facebook’s Bug Bounty Program inspired our team at Kaspersky Daily to discuss how we use Instagram and why it has become another area where we see users sharing too much.

Serge M.  noticed that every time he logged into his account, he saw more pictures of one of his friends' baby than he probably had in their family album.

In the course of the debate on this issue, the question came to mind about privacy issues in relation to such free sharing tools. But instead of investigating ourselves, we decided to offer some free hygiene tips for our favorite photo site.


We 've written a lot  about passwords on Kaspersky Daily – the most important thing to remember is that you have to change them frequently and never recycle them. The fact is that one service can be the door to other social networks or email accounts, and since it is quite common for social networks to use the same usernames, passwords should be strong and unique. 


Are you an exhibitionist? Do you like people watching you all the time? If so, skip this paragraph. But probably like most people, you only want to share with those you really know.

So, if you want to keep your Instagram account secure, select Private account in the Options menu I highly recommend taking this step to all parents who post pictures of their children in order to stay connected with friends and family around the world.

I’m not your parent, so I won’t be letting you know what and with whom you can share, but my goal is to let you know that some creepy guy in the van might be seeing your child’s photos or yours. They can tell you where you work and at what times, when and where you travel, or what extracurricular activities your child is attending or what they are interested in.

I’m not going to scare you, but I want to remind you that there are many bad people in the world. We could recommend the use of public settings to those who really need to be visible and have no option – such as Kaspersky Lab.

The trap of easy sharing

In various places, you can more and more often find buttons for quickly using the Instagram function. The general idea is to make it easier to share something, re-share someone’s photo, or enter a contest. The important question here is:

Do you know what you post?

Or, more importantly, Does Company X really need this information?

If you don’t know the answer – and it probably is (no one reads it) – log in to your Instagram account and see which apps you signed into with your Instagram account.

Although the website itself is generally quite restrictive when it comes to application permissions, all you need to do is use a third-party application – this increases the vulnerability of your account to hacking. See what happened in November with InstaAgent .

Don’t fall in love with the bot

I have my own private Instagram account. If you want to follow me, I have to accept you. Even so, I receive many requests for permission to be watched by beautiful women (their words, not mine) looking for a boyfriend, a sweet daddy wanting to sometimes make an appointment in front of the camera and stuff like that. These are not real women, but fembots . Don’t send them private messages or click on links they send you.

Help! They hacked my account

Nobody likes to find out that their account has been hacked. Trust me, this is awful. Instagram is quite popular when it comes to hacking accounts – more than a lot of results on this topic pop up on Google; there’s even a thread that shows how to hack someone’s account (don’t be stupid – don’t).

If you suspect that your account has been hacked, you don’t need to spread your hands. First, log in with a browser or phone and see if you can change your password and settings. If unsuccessful, visit  the Instagram Help Center . There you can restart your password.

You can also report a spammy account or one that you believe incites hate or self-harm in the Help Center.

Follow these tips and the social network will be more and more distant from the mean villains roaming the internet.