Social media is a great tool to share your life with your friends and family, but if you don’t have strong privacy settings on your accounts what you post can increase your risk of identity theft. In another article, we’ve outlined how you can secure your Facebook profile; here, we want to show you how to maintain your privacy on Instagram!

The default setting on Instagram is public, which means anyone can see the pictures you post. If you don't want to share your private photos with everyone, you can easily make your Instagram account private by following the steps below. (NOTE: you must use your smartphone to change your profile settings; it does not work from the website.)

Facebook Privacy Settings
  • Tap on your profile icon (picture of person), then the gear icon to the right of your name. (Icons differ slightly depending on your smartphone. Visit Instagram for specifics.)

  • Select Private Account. Now only people you approve can see your photos and videos.

  • Spend some time considering which other social media accounts you want linked to your Instagram. This will control if the pictures/videos you post to Instagram are automatically shared on Facebook or Twitter.

  • If you have chosen to connect Instagram to Facebook, you will want to check the settings on your Facebook profile. After you log in, go to Settings, then Apps. Next to the Instagram icon, you will see who your posts are visible to. We recommend that you select “Friends Only.”

As a best practice, and because settings can change frequently, double check all of your social media accounts monthly to ensure your privacy settings remain as you wish.