When you are using any online platform, it is extremely important to stay safe and secure. We can do this by understanding what options are available to us under the privacy settings when using Instagram.
Privacy settings allow you to control and determine what information on your profile is visible to other online users. There are options you can choose from, from having your profile completely visible to everyone on Instagram to managing who can see your photos and who can comment on your posts.
Privacy settings ultimately allows you to have control over how your information is handled online. Now remember, nothing on the internet will ever be 100 percent secure, but there are steps that you can take to make sure your profile is safer and meets your comfort level.
If you haven’t checked out our course on Online Safety, I highly recommend you do. It can be helpful when using Instagram. Now let’s check out the reason why privacy settings are important.
Why are privacy settings on Instagram important?
There are a few reasons why we want to discuss privacy settings. When using Instagram or any online platform, it’s important to have control over your privacy and security. Check out the reasons why privacy settings are important.
Control who can view your information and activity: There are a lot of people on Instagram but you can control who can see your information an activity. If you only want your Instagram followers to see what you share you can make your profile private. This means that if someone who is not your friend on Instagram visits your profile they will not be able to view your posts.
Control who can see your Friends list: You can protect your and your Instagram followers’ privacy by changing the settings to manage who can view your list of friends. You can allow all users to see your friends list or limit it so some or none can see who you follow on Instagram and who follows you.
Set your ad preferences: Instagram not only connects people but is also used as a platform for companies to advertise their products and services. Instagram creates ad preferences for you based on your profile information, and your activity while on and off Instagram. Through privacy settings you can view, add, and remove the ad preferences so you have more control over the ad visibility on your account.
These are only some reasons why privacy settings are important. In the next lesson, we will discuss how to use the privacy settings, especially around your posts.