Instagram account hacking
How do we know that our Instagram account has been hacked?
When someone tries to email or password of an account on Instagram and hacking , the social network will show a warning message. However, it is possible for someone to hack into your email and use it without your knowledge. When hacking an account on Instagram to hack as a first step to change the old password and the new email address will replace the old address. Fortunately, Instagram sends a warning email to the previous address. This is the first sign of a hacking activity.
A warning email will also be sent to the user if access is made from a country other than the user whose IP address is registered for Instagram. This is the second sign that there is now a sign that your Instagram account may be compromised.
The third sign of hacking is when you receive an email asking you to change your email or password when you did not make such a request. In this case, it is also clear that someone has access to your account.
The fourth sign of hacking is when you look at your stories, posts, comments and direct messages and see that they have been changed or deleted without you knowing it was done. In such cases, you should check your account activities. To do this, go to the Account Data section and check the login information, privacy changes and related email addresses. If you can log in to the account, after logging in, click on the Settings icon on the profile page, then select Privacy and Security, and then View Account Data.
This page shows a report of all the important activities that we mentioned. On this page you should make sure that the configuration of the settings has not changed and that is what you have defined.
Now that we have reviewed some of the common symptoms, the next step is to look at how to recover an account.
Change the password of the account after seeing the signs of hacking
If only your password has changed, you can reset the account twice through the password reset feature. On Android or iPhone phones, you have to touch the Forgot Password option on the login screen. Follow the instructions on the page and enter your email ID. You will receive an email resetting your password. Click on the received link and enter a new password. Make sure the new password is long and complicated so that your account is not hacked twice.
Disconnect apps and services from Instagram
In some cases, hackers connect to and hack into an Instagram account through an application or service on the web. Check access to your account. Log in to your account on Instagram . After logging in to Instagram, on the user profile page, click on the settings icon that looks like a gear (Gear) and on the next page, select the Authorized Apps option. On the right side of the page you will see the names of applications and services that have access to your profile. Click Revoke Access to remove the account. It is best to do this for all suspicious apps and services.
Recover a hacked account
Recovering a lost account is a problem for many users. At this stage, speed of action is important. If your account has been hacked and the hacker has changed all the IDs like the email address and phone number, it is very difficult to restore the account and requires a lot of patience. Restoring an account can sometimes take several weeks. Once you see that your account has been hacked, you need to act quickly.
As soon as you receive an email with the change of Instagram account password, open the email and select Revert this change or reset your password. Selecting this option will reset the previous password sent to Instagram and the password verification will not take place. In this case, the Instagram security team will make the changes. Of course, at this stage, you need to prove your identity to make sure that Instagram is the real owner of this account.
For example, you will be asked to write the code sent to you on handwritten paper, hold it in your hand, and take a picture of your face. Next you need to answer what device you used when creating the account. IPhone, Android, PC, etc. After your identity is verified, the Instagram security team will send you an email to recover your account.
Make sure your account is not hacked twice
In the case of voice you can not guarantee that your account will not be hacked twice, but with the aging of the following instructions the chances of your account being hacked again are minimized.
Choose a strong password
Instagram suggests using a password that combines at least 6 digits and letters with special characters. Make sure the password is made up of at least 10 characters and contains uppercase and lowercase letters. Avoid using qwerty-like passwords. Make sure the password you choose is not relevant to you. In this case, it is difficult to guess. Postal code, mobile number, national number, etc. should not be used.
Change the password at regular intervals
Needless to say, you should not share your password with others. Even if you have created a powerful password, there is a chance that it will be stolen. So it is better not to save your account password on the computer that you share with others. It is a good idea to change your password at intervals of several weeks.
Activate the two-step authentication mechanism
The best way to ensure that your Instagram account is secure is to use two-step authentication. When you enable this feature, you will be prompted for a one-time code, which will be sent to your email address or mobile number each time you enter your password. To activate the two-step authentication feature after logging in to your account, go to the profile page and touch the Settings option.
In the settings of this section, select the Privacy and security option and then touch Two-Factor Authentication. Touch Get Started on the screen that appears. Next you will be asked about the method of sending the code, which you should choose the method of sending a text message or choosing an authentication program. It is better to choose the Text Message method, which has a simple function and only a simple one-time code will be sent to you.
The second mechanism and the selection of software such as Google Authenticator or Authy work better in terms of security and send a temporary authentication code, but have their own complexity. If you select the software option, Instagram will ask you to select the desired authentication program.