Why Am I Following Random Accounts On Instagram?

on June 22 at 08:21 PM
As great and innovative Instagram is, it’s not without its issues. For every pro that Instagram has to offer, there are cons that users must live with – like the app’s vulnerability to scammers, hackers, and bots.

Now, I’m not saying that Instagram has bad security, but you should always keep an eye on your account activity to make sure that nothing is amiss. Maybe there’s a weird photo uploaded to your personal feed. Maybe your friends have been receiving strange messages from you.

Or, maybe you noticed that you’re following someone you’ve never seen before in your life.

If you’re wondering, “Why am I following random accounts on Instagram?” – I’ve got the answer for you. In this article, I’ll tell you why it happens and what you can do if you find that your Instagram keeps following random accounts.

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Sometimes, you may notice random people in your following list on Instagram. You probably don’t remember pressing the follow button, much less have any idea about these profiles.

If you’re in this situation right now, don’t worry, your account is not haunted or anything. While seeing random accounts on Instagram may be considered a serious security issue, it’s actually not that difficult to solve. Here are the two most common reasons why this is happening:

Your account has been compromised by third-party apps.
Someone hacked into your account and is manually following people.
How To Fix Instagram Following Random Accounts
Again, regardless of the reason, fixing the issue is quite easy. Just follow these methods below and you’ll be sure to solve the problem in no time at all.

Check Your Instagram Account For Linked Apps

For most people, the reason why their accounts are following random people on Instagram is because of third-party apps, or apps that are linked to your Instagram account.

When you link a third-party app to your Instagram account, you’re essentially giving the app permission to access your account. Sometimes, this doesn’t happen out of your own volition. You may have downloaded something or pressed on a suspicious web link, accidentally giving permission to another app or service to access your account.

Some apps, especially suspicious ones, may automatically follow random accounts on Instagram and cause other problems. Not only is this annoying to you as a profile owner, but it can also get you flagged as a spam account by Instagram’s security system. If you voluntarily installed and linked this app, be warned.

That said, if you don’t remember linking this app, chances are it’s a spam app or even a malware. In any case, revoking its access to your account should be easy.

Open the Instagram website on your mobile or desktop browser.
Open the Instagram website on your mobile or desktop browser
Log in to your account and go to your profile.
Log in to your account and go to your profile
Click on the gear button at the upper left corner to open the Options menu.
Open the Options menu
Under Settings, click on Apps and Websites.
Click on Apps and Websites
Instagram will then show you all of the apps that have been linked to your account.
Notification from Instagram about apps and websites you've logged into
Remove any suspicious apps that you think might be causing the problem.
Take note that you cannot do this in the official Instagram app. You can only do this fix using your mobile or desktop browser.

Change Your Instagram Password To Prevent Unauthorized Access

If there are no suspicious apps or websites linked to your account, then someone else likely has access to your account. Maybe your account has fallen victim to hackers, or maybe you logged in to another person’s device and forgot to log out.

Regardless, you need to change your password to revoke their access.

Open your Instagram app and log in.
Navigate to your profile page.
Go to profile page
Tap the hamburger button. From there, go to Settings.
Click on settings
You’ll see an option called “Security.” Tap it.
Tap the option "Security"
Under Login Security, click the first option, which is “Password.”
Click the "Password" option
You have to type your current password to be able to nominate a new one.
type your current password and then nominate a new one
For better security, pick a password that you haven’t used on your other accounts. Don’t choose a common password, like your favorite animal, birthdate, or name. The longer and more complex your password is, the more secure your account becomes.

Security Tips For More Protection
Unauthorized access to your account, whether it’s because of a bot, an app, or another person, is a serious matter. As our online and real-life worlds are becoming more enmeshed with the advancement of technology, it becomes more and more of a risk that a user could lose control over their Instagram account.

If you want to be serious about protecting your online Instagram presence, you should turn on two-factor authentication on Instagram.

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