Instagram privacy settings that you should adjust
Like its parent company Facebook, which we covered in a previous post, Instagram collects a lot of data about its users. They use the information about what you do on their platform and on third-party sites and apps you use to show you personalized ads. Of course, both companies also share information. In the future, Instagram might even hand your entire location history to Facebook, according to TechCrunch.
To restrict the data sharing with Facebook and to limit third-party access to your posts and private information, you should customize your Instagram privacy settings. The most important options can be found in the Settings under “Privacy and security.” To get there, first go to the profile screen in the Instagram app. On Android, tap the three horizontal lines at the top right and select “Settings” at the bottom of the menu. On iOS, simply tap the gear icon.
MAKE YOUR ACCOUNT PRIVATE
By default, your Instagram account is public, so anyone can view your profile, photos, videos, and stories and comment on them. If you want only approved followers to be able to see your posts, you can make your account private. Simply flip the switch for “Private Account” in the Settings menu or the “Account Privacy” submenu.
Note that this will not affect your existing followers. If someone was already following before you set your posts to private and you don’t want them to see your posts, you can block them.
Once you make your posts private, people will have to send you a follow request to see your posts, your followers list or your following list.
HIDE ACTIVITY STATUS
People you follow or have direct conversations with can by default see when you were last active on Instagram. In Direct Messages either the time since the last activity is displayed next to the profile photo or there is a green dot, indicating that the person is currently online.
You can change the visibility of your activity status at any time. If you want to hide your activity status, go to the “Privacy and security” section of the Settings menu, select “Activity status,” and flip the switch. When you turn off this option, you will no longer be able to see other people’s activity status either.
You can remove people from your followers list if you no longer want them to see your new posts. This works for both public and private accounts.
To remove a follower, go to your profile and tap on “followers.” Then tap on the three dots to the right of the follower you would like to remove and select “Remove.”
Alternatively, you can block someone to get them to stop following you. Affected followers are not notified that you removed or blocked them.
HIDE STORIES/RESTRICT DIRECT MESSAGING AND SHARING