One of the most important steps in learning how to get started with Telegram is to focus on your account security settings. Telegram being a messenger whose vocation is to protect its users, padlocking your account and your exchanges makes all the more sense.
But if the developers do their best to make your exchanges as confidential as possible, Telegram is not an inviolable application. While data protection is the responsibility of Telegram and its servers, the protection of your account depends only on you.
A Telegram account can be compromised in many ways. Phishing, social engineering or simply breach of trust by someone you know. To guard against any attempt to hijack your account, you might as well start using Telegram on a sound basis.
On a smartphone, the question does not even arise: the only 100% reliable sources are Google Play Store (Android) and the App Store (iOS). On computer, simply head to the official Telegram website and follow the installation procedure to the letter.
It should also be noted that Telegram is a free messaging application, and that it will remain so. Don't be fooled by someone who wants to charge you to install Telegram.
How to create a Telegram account? With your only phone number. Telegram will then send you a unique code by SMS which you will be asked for when you first log in to your account. Obviously, it is necessary to give your real telephone number. Otherwise, you will not receive the login code and will not be able to access the service.
In addition, this operation makes it easy to recover your account on various devices. But SMS authentication is far from foolproof. Text messages are not encrypted in the least, so someone who manages to gain access to your text messages could log into your account. Fortunately, Telegram will always notify you when a new device connects to your account, and you will then have the option to end the sessions concerned.
Given the importance of the data stored in Telegram, it is absolutely essential to choose a strong and, above all, unique password. Many websites and password managers teach you how to create a secure password. Even better, we recommend the use of an even longer passphrase, in order to guarantee an optimal level of security. Keep this password carefully: if you fail to enter it, access to your account will simply be prohibited.
Our dedicated tutorials will teach you how to enable double authentication login on Telegram and how to disable double authentication login on Telegram.
By doing this, every time you close the Telegram application, or after a certain period of inactivity, you will be asked for a 6-digit code to view the conversations.
But this degree of security does, it is true, lose a lot of comfort in the use of Telegram. This is why the application also makes it possible to take advantage of the biometric unlocking technologies integrated into our devices to save time. We explain everything about how to lock Telegram with Touch ID and how to lock Telegram with Face ID in our tutorials.
Also, the application allows you to hide the content of notifications with a simple "new message" which says no more and invites you to unlock your smartphone to read it. A good way to avoid prying eyes when you're not looking at your smartphone.
We explain: Telegram allows you to program the automatic deletion of your account if it detects no activity on your part between 1 and 12 months.
To learn how to program the automatic deletion of your Telegram account, follow the guide.
This information, if it is not a priori sensitive, may not be intended to be disclosed to everyone. That's why Telegram offers the possibility to choose to whom you show certain details of your profile. To your contacts only, or even to no one: the choice is left to you.
A tip that of course applies to any social network or online platform, but is especially valid if you use public channels or groups on Telegram. If you want to know how to create a username on Telegram, do not hesitate to consult our dedicated tutorial.
Indeed, your profile picture can be used to identify you, and therefore to ill-intentioned people to harm you. To avoid this, choose a different profile picture on the social networks/messages where you want to remain anonymous. We have prepared a tutorial for you to learn how to change your profile picture on Telegram.
We therefore recommend that you inform yourself about how to hide your phone number from strangers on Telegram in order to avoid any risk of having your account hacked.
If your anonymity is essential, avoid saying too much about yourself in this space which, unlike the other elements of your profile mentioned above, cannot be hidden from other users. Remember, however, that you can very well leave it blank.
As with any social network or messenger, some Telegram users are not just there to chat and seek to harm at various levels. We talked about it in a previous tutorial, the platform has already sadly illustrated itself by allowing communities to develop driven by hatred, or even cyber-harassment. While these users are only a tiny margin of the service's 400 million users, it's best to keep that in mind when a stranger comes to talk to you on Telegram.
Also, depending on the privacy settings that you have defined on your account, it may be totally forbidden for people who do not appear in your contact book to engage in conversation with you. Additional security and a guarantee of peace of mind. Learn how to prevent voice calls from strangers on Telegram with our dedicated tutorial.
On the other hand, if you change your telephone number, it is absolutely imperative to make the modification on your account before losing access to your previous number. Otherwise, it could be very difficult to regain access to your account. See how to change your phone number on Telegram with our tutorial on this subject.
Finally, once Telegram has been restored to your new phone, we advise you to end the session of your previous smartphone by going to Settings > Devices. Thus, there is no way that the person who gets your old phone can access your Telegram account.
You do not know how to do it ? Consult our dedicated tutorial: How to use Telegram on computer?
By nature, a computer is also intended to hold much more personal information than a smartphone. Especially if you use it for work. So pay very close attention to the reliability of the source that offers you Telegram for download.
But Telegram on desktop being a near carbon copy of the smartphone version of messaging, all of the security and privacy tips listed above also apply. So take the time to properly configure the program before you start using it.
Finally, in the event that you use Telegram for desktop from a computer that is not yours (to be avoided), it is very important to remember to log out of your account. Otherwise, the next user of the computer could have access to all your messages!
If you think you forgot to log out, don't panic. We explain how to disconnect remotely from Telegram in another tutorial.
To read also:
- How to properly configure Telegram?
- How to manage contacts and messages on Telegram?
- How to master all the features of Telegram?