When news broke about Facebook buying Instagram, the webs alighted with concerns. Instagram’s popularity is huge, and many users wondered if their privacy would run amuck with this or if anti-Facebookers would suddenly need to register a social profile to continue using the vintage-inspired camera app.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg assures users that Instagram will continue to run independently, but even so, a lot of people are still considering ditching their photo accounts anyway. If you’re one of them, STOP WHERE YOU ARE: Seriously, it’s for your own good. You don’t want to be hasty and just ditch your account without thinking, or you could wind up crying over the loss of your one-of-a-kind pics.

What you want to do is back up and export those photos before you do anything. And thankfully, it doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck. With Instaport.me, it’s dead simple to download a zipped file of those oh-so-important Instagram pics for storage on a local drive or for tossing onto another social or photo sharing service.

Truth is, even if you’re not considering closing the account, it’s still a good idea to back up those images anyway. The online tool is free, so check it out at the source link.

[via GeekSugar, source Instaport.me]