Instagram’s photo-sharing service has grown enormously since it was created. By July of 2019, it had over 1 billion monthly active users. With such a huge number of people using the platform, the risk of losing a high-value account is now greater than ever before.
So what do you do if someone hacks into your account try and steal it? Below are the best steps that you can take to secure your account.
1. Act Immediately
It’s important to take action as soon as you have any suspicions that your account is under threat. Even if you aren’t convinced that the threat is real, you’re better off taking action to secure yourself. If you’re wrong and don’t act, then you could lose your social media accounts forever.
2. Change Your Password
If the hacker hasn’t had time to change your password yet, you should still be able to make changes to the account. The first thing you should do is change your password, as the hacker probably knows your original one. On your Instagram profile, click the 3 lines at the top of the screen, then click ‘settings’ at the bottom of the menu that pops up. Now press ‘Security’, then ‘Password’. On this screen, you have to enter your current password and then your new password twice to confirm. I
It is highly recommended that you use a service, such as those provided by Google or Dashlane, to generate and store a more secure password. Not only will this keep your accounts safer, but it will prevent you from needing to remember unique passwords for each online account you hold.
3. Instagram Account Recovery
If you can no longer access your account and you suspect that the hacker has changed your password then you’ll need to use Instagram’s account recovery. On the login page, click the ‘Forgot password?’ link below the ‘Log In’ button. Then enter your email address, phone number, or username. You should be sent a link to help you get back into your account again.
4. Turn on 2FA
Once you have resecured access to your account, you should turn on 2FA (2-Factor Authentication) to keep your account safe in the future. Go to the ‘Settings’ menu, and then into ‘Security’ again. Now press ‘Two-factor authentication’ and ‘Get Started’. You can choose to use either text messages or a security app for your method of 2FA. It is recommended that you activate both to ensure access to your account.
5. Remove Suspicious Apps From Your Instagram Account
The final step you should take to secure your account is to remove any apps attached to it that you don’t recognize or trust. In the ‘Security’ menu you can find a list of apps and websites that you have given access to your account. Revoking access to any that you no longer use or trust is a good way of shoring up your account from being hacked in the future.
If all else fails you, contact us and we can fight your corner.
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