It’s more fun to race with friends in CS: GO or Apex Legends if everyone is sitting in the same messenger: jokes in the process of passing, themed chats and streaming for friends are part of the gameplay. If you are a big fan of online games, then you probably already use Discord, which has become the default communication channel for gamers over the years. Some games and gaming platforms have their own Discord servers where you can find teammates, contact technical support, or just chat.
As usual, not only people keen on a common idea, but also scammers, spammers, haters and trolls are drawn to large communities. They can ruin the fun of playing or chatting on Discord if you don’t take care of your privacy and security settings beforehand. Let’s figure out how to properly configure the messenger.
Where to find security and privacy settings on Discord
All the parameters we need are collected in the menu User Settingswhich will open if you click on the gear icon below the list of friends and chats.
How to protect your Discord account from hijacking
First of all, let’s deal with account security. If you have a simple password, set a new one – preferably a very long one. It will also help if it contains numbers, capital letters and special characters, but the length matters the most. We have a separate post on how to come up with a good password.
To change your Discord password on your computer:
- Go to the section My account.
- Click the button Edit and click Change Password.
- Enter the old password and then the new one.
- Click Save.
In the mobile app, the path is different:
- Swipe the current chat to the right, in the bottom menu, click on your avatar, if you have iOS, or on the gear, if Android.
- Selecting a section Account (iOS) or My account (Android).
- We press Change Password.
- Enter the old and new password.
- We press Save.
Now it won’t be so easy to hack your account!
How to set up two-factor authentication on Discord
To avoid leaving cybercriminals a chance, enable two-factor authentication on Discord. Then, upon entering your account, the messenger will ask for a one-time code from a special authenticator application, for example Authy, Google Authenticator or Yandex.Key. It will have to be installed on a smartphone or tablet, but such a program can be useful for protecting other accounts.
On the computer:
- In section My account click Enable two-factor authentication.
- Launch the authenticator app and scan the QR code from the screen, or enter the code manually.
- In field Login with your code enter the six digits that the authenticator will give out and press the button Activate.
Done, protection is up! To be on the safe side, add your phone number and save your backup codes. They come in handy if the authenticator app is not at hand.
If you’re on Discord from a smartphone or tablet:
- In section Account (in iOS) or My account (in Android) click Enable two-factor authentication.
- Click Further, copy the code from Discord and run the authenticator app.
- Enter the code from the authenticator app on Discord.
How to get rid of spammers on Discord
Now let’s make communication in the messenger more comfortable. To prevent spammers and other dubious personalities from getting into a personal message with tempting offers, sort out your privacy settings and set the appropriate level of social phobia.
- Open the section Confidentiality.
- In the section Secure private messages select Keep me safe.
This option forces Discord’s artificial intelligence to scan all incoming images and block junk. If you have verified people in your friends, you can choose the option My friends are good – then the AI will skip messages from them.
And so that anyone does not ask for friends, in the section under the logical name Who can add you as a friend designate the groups of those from whom you are ready to accept applications. Spoiler: option All increases the chances of encountering spam in your inbox.
you also can Allow private messages from server members Is a common setting for all servers you will join. By default, this setting is enabled, but you can set your own rules for each individual server.
To do this, return to the main Discord window, right-click on the server logo in the left menu and select Privacy settings… In the mobile version, you need to click on the three dots to the right of the server name and enable this option in the section Private messages.
How to get rid of unnecessary notifications on Discord
Notifications can be very annoying, especially when it comes to instant messengers. Discord in this sense behaves more or less decently, but setting up notifications will not hurt it either.
On the computer:
- Open the section Notifications.
- Set the desired alert format using the radio buttons Enable desktop notifications, Enable unread message indicator and Enable flashing on the taskbar.
- In section Sounds turn off sound notifications for events that you do not need to know about promptly, and they will not distract you from playing, studying or working.
While you’re sitting at your computer, Discord doesn’t duplicate notifications on your tablet or smartphone. However, if you do not do anything in the desktop version for a long time, then notifications will also be received on mobile devices. You can decide when the messenger should switch to mobile notifications. To do this, in the section Idle timeout for push notifications select the appropriate interval from the drop-down menu.
On the phone, the settings are slightly different:
- Find the section in your account settings Application settings.
- Click Notifications.
- Disable the option Get notified on Discordif you do not want to receive notifications inside the messenger.
- If you want to always be in touch with your teammates, enable the option Receive notifications outside of Discord.
If you are annoyed by the flashing light on your phone, vibration or sound alerts, turn on the options in Android Disable notification light, Disable vibration on notification and Mute sounds.
How to keep your privacy on Discord
We got rid of annoying messages and notifications. Now let’s take a look at what Discord knows about you and what other users might find out. Perhaps you would like to keep some of this information with you.
How to turn off personalization on Discord
Discord developers do not hide that they collect data about you and your habits in order to improve the program. If you don’t like it, you can limit the collection and use of data by the messenger. For this:
- Open the section Confidentiality.
- Find a section How we use your data and disable options:
- Using data to improve Discord
- Using data to personalize your Discord experience
- Allow Discord to track Narrator usage… Please note: this item is not available in the Android version of the messenger.
How to find out what data Discord collects
Please note that Discord will collect information about you anyway. To see what data the messenger stores and download them in case of account blocking, you can request a file with an archive of personal information from the messenger. For this:
- Open the section Confidentiality.
- Click the button Request data at the bottom of the screen.
- On iPhone or desktop, tap Request my details.
- Click ОK.
A link to the archive will come to your email after a while.
How to hide personal information from other services
In addition to the messenger itself, third-party services that you have connected to Discord may be interested in your data. And the messenger, in turn, can spy on something from them. If you don’t like this exchange, open the section Integration and unlink the accounts of the services with which you do not want to share information from Discord.
At the same time, in the desktop version, disable the option Automatically discover accounts from other platforms on this computer… The messenger does not need to know where else you are registered.
How to hide unnecessary information from strangers
Not everyone on the server needs to know what you are playing right now. And not all stream viewers need to know all the details of your profile. To prevent outsiders from seeing too much:
- In section Game activity disable the option Display in the status the game you are currently playing.
- In section Streamer mode check if the option is enabled Hide personal information… It makes your data inaccessible to stream viewers.
- In the same section Streamer mode make sure the option is enabled Hide invitation links… In this case, trolls from the stream will not run into your server on Discord.
Protect your accounts
With Discord settings sorted out – you can play and chat with comfort. And so that no one bothers you at all, check the Steam and Twitch settings for correctness.