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How to protect your Instagram account from hackers
8 March 2021
Image of an iphone witht eh instagram app open, with a padlock icon to indicate security
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Imagine, you wake up to find you’ve been logged out of your Instagram account.

The password has been changed.

The link in your bio is pointing somewhere you don’t recognise.

And then you start to get emails and texts from your network telling you that your account is sending out spammy DMS.

You’ve been hacked.

You try to reach out to Instagram but you get nowhere.

You’ve lost your precious Instagram account.

This is a story I’ve encountered dozens of times. And there’s a simple precaution you can take. In this post, I’ll take you through how to set up two-factor authentication to protect your Instagram account.

Iphone with Instagram app open, demonstrating how to turn on two factor authentication for Instagram to protect from hackers
Open the Instagram app, and click on the “burger” – three horizontal lines…
Iphone with Instagram app open, demonstrating how to turn on two factor authentication for Instagram to protect from hackers
click in Settings…
then security…
Iphone with Instagram app open, demonstrating how to turn on two factor authentication for Instagram to protect from hackers
now two-factor authentication…
Iphone with Instagram app open, demonstrating how to turn on two factor authentication for Instagram to protect from hackers
Now switch on the toggle button…
Iphone with Instagram app open, demonstrating how to turn on two factor authentication for Instagram to protect from hackers



Follow the prompts – to download Duo Mobile or Google Authenticator
Iphone with Instagram app open, demonstrating how to turn on two factor authentication for Instagram to protect from hackers



Iphone with Instagram app open, demonstrating how to turn on two factor authentication for Instagram to protect from hackers
Iphone with Instagram app open, demonstrating how to turn on two factor authentication for Instagram to protect from hackers
Once your account has been linked to your authentication app, copy the six digit code, go back to Instagram and paste the six digit code to complete the process
 
I won’t show you what this looks like as it will expose the security for my account!!
Iphone with Instagram app open, demonstrating how to turn on two factor authentication for Instagram to protect from hackers


Turn text message notifications on – so you get a message if someone else tries to log in to your account.

TIP! Keep a copy of your Backup codes somewhere safe.
 
Hackers happen. It’s a small job to turn on double authentication. Take a few minutes out of your day NOW to secure your account.


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