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Instagram! Help! Recovering embarrassing photos of me

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So I had some embarrassing photos on an Instagram account that didn't have any ties to me, like email-phone number- or name. I deleted each individual picture, follower, following, DM, and I changed the username and added new pictures, then I permanently deleted the account. I know that there are copies in servers that will be deleted at a "later time". Now, the situation is sensitive, I have a person good with technology and who has been able to recover deleted Instagram post before trying to do the same to me. Is there anything I can do at all to prevent it from happening? This is extremely important and I need to make sure nothing off that account is recoverable.
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That's certainly a good question, and I'm afraid the answer is, in short: no.


There's a saying, "Once it's on the Internet, it's forever" and that's most often the case. There are web scrapers, file indexers and a multitude of other programs and services running 24/7 on the Internet, indexing and saving every bit of data they come across. Granted, most of these aren't created with the sole purpose of finding embarrassing images of people, but there's every chance that's how they can be used. 


Here's a good example I use all the time: https://archive.org/web/ the "Wayback Machine" has a cache of over 298 BILLION webpages from all ages of the Internet, saved and easily accessible for anyone's use.


Whether or not any of the tools that are out there have saved/cached your photos cannot be stated with 100% accuracy, but I'd say you've taken the necessary precautions to avoid any easy recovery of the photos, all that's left is the more difficult methods.




This sort of goes without saying, but in the future, if you don't want it seen by (insert sensitive family member's name here), don't post it.

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Sorry, but why did you upload it when you already know it was embarrassing? :spoton:  As long as someone already got it your picture, there is not anything that you can do beside than talking to that person to delete it. 

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