As one of the most popular social media apps today, Instagram users should be careful, as many hackers are trying to take over them.
Whatever you do on Instagram, it’s very important to keep your account from being taken over by someone else.
Whether you only use Instagram for fun, selling, or doing business, securing your Instagram account is a must.
There are several things that you must do to secure your Instagram account.
Among other things is to use a password that is complex, long, and difficult to guess.
Then, never share personal information on the internet, because hackers can use that information to guess the possible password you use.
And don’t forget to activate the 2FA (2 Factor Authentication) feature as double security for your Instagram account.
Why Should You Enable 2FA on Instagram?
2FA is a security feature found on many social media and websites on the internet.
By activating this feature, it will be more difficult for hackers to take over your account.
Even if someone later knows the login information to your Instagram account, they still can’t log into your account because they need the 2FA code on your phone.
That person can’t get the 2FA code because the code is only in the authenticator app on your phone.
In other words, it is a double layer of security that can protect your Instagram account.
I highly recommend this feature to be activated on Instagram.
Especially for those of you who use Instagram for business (selling, online shop, or others).
Or if you are an influencer who already has an account on Instagram, then this feature is mandatory to activate.
You don’t want it if the results of your hard work to build an account are lost just because your account was hijacked?
Hence, enable the 2FA feature on Instagram. You can see the steps below.
How to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Instagram
Open the Instagram app. Tap the Profile tab, then tap the burger button in the top right corner of the Instagram app.
Then select the Settings menu in the top position. Beside this menu, there is a screw icon.
Select the Security menu with the shield icon and a checkmark in the middle.
Then select the Two-Factor Authentication menu.
Instagram will then display a text like in the screenshot below. Tap the Start button.
There are three choices of two-factor authentication methods, namely WhatsApp, Authentication Applications, and SMS. Instagram recommends using the second method, namely authentication applications such as Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, and Authy.
In this tutorial, I will choose to use the second method according to Instagram’s recommendations, namely the authentication application. Tap the slider beside the menu to activate it.
Instagram will then display a two-factor code. Copy the code and add it to an authentication app (eg Google Authenticator).
After that tap the Next button.
Then enter the 6 authentication codes that appear in your authentication application to Instagram.
After that is complete, then you have successfully activated two-factor authentication on Instagram.
Now, every time you want to log into the Instagram account, in addition to having to enter a username and password, you also have to enter an authentication code from Google Authenticator.
If you do not enter the code, then you cannot log in.
Avoid using SMS as a two-factor authentication method.
Why? Because there is a gap if you use SMS as a two-factor authentication method, that is, you could be exposed to a sim swap.
Your SIM could be taken over by hackers, who will then ask for a 2FA code to log into your account.
I also don’t recommend WhatsApp as a 2FA method because it has the same security holes as SMS.
Using an authenticator app is the best method right now.
Some of the popular authenticator apps that you can use include:
Don’t forget to backup the authenticator application you are using.
That way, if you lose your phone or it’s lost