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Be extra careful with applications that frequently get hacked

Cybercriminals target some applications more than others. Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp are the three most hacked apps, while Facebook, Amazon and Netflix sit much lower on the list. These rankings are important to consider when tightening up cybersecurity for yourself and your loved ones.

Log off of social media accounts when you’re not using them

Simply closing the Instagram app doesn’t log you out of your profile. So, if you leave a device unattended and without password protection, anyone can reopen your Instagram home page and view your private pictures, messages, etc. When you’re not using a social networking site, make sure you’re properly logged out

Manage third-party app permissions in Instagram

Have you connected any services to your Instagram account, for example for photo printing or sharing? You can check on these permissions and revoke them as needed from Settings -> Security -> Apps and Websites from within the Instagram app.

Configure two-factor authentication for Instagram

If you use Instagram, you can add more protection to your account via two-factor authentication. Once enabled, it requires an additional credential upon login. You can choose between receiving a text message or a code sent to an authenticator app. The latter is more secure.

Consider making your Instagram account private

Instagram is a popular social network. As such, it is home to a lot of spam and scams, in the form of messages and comments meant to lure you into a phishing scheme. You can minimize your exposure to harm by making your account private. That makes it so that people (or bots) can only […]

Don’t geotag your Instagram or Facebook posts

Adding a geotag to a social media update is a nice way to enrich the post, but it comes with some risk. Someone viewing your feed might assume – correctly – that you aren’t home and try to break in. Moreover, sharing your location can expose you to certain types of targeted advertising. Err on […]