In early August, Instagram suffered an influx of hacking activity that is beginning to concern its users. Over 100 users have reported being hacked, which results in an account's owner being locked out of the app and the hacker changing all of the account owner's personal information. Fortunately, Instagram has released several tips detailing how to deal with the hacking situation.
My Instagram was hacked and deleted? I’m fuming. Is there anything I can do?— Mackenzie McKee (@Mackenzie McKee)1534218636.0
Instagram told Elite Daily:
We are investigating claims of some hacked Instagram accounts and will take the necessary steps to help those impacted. We work hard to provide the Instagram community with a safe and secure experience. When we become aware of an account that has been compromised, we shut off access to the account and the people who've been affected are put through a remediation process so they can reset their password and take other necessary steps to secure their accounts.
My instagram was hacked and I’m so scared that they’re coming for literally every other account next— Trinity (@Trinity)1534107967.0
Huge shoutout to whoever hacked and then deleted my instagram #udabest— Katie Bump (@Katie Bump)1534032579.0
Though Instagram was slow to explicitly use the term hacking to describe what's been happening to IG accounts, the company released a blog post on August 14 entitled "Issue affecting access to Instagram accounts," which detailed some best practices to avoid being hacked.
Where is my @Instagram account? I think it was hacked and deleted. Help!— Dana DeArmond (@Dana DeArmond)1534474231.0
Most simply, if you get an email saying you changed your email and you didn't, that's a warning sign:
If you received an email from us notifying you of a change in your email address, and you did not initiate this change – please click the link marked 'revert this change' in the email, and then change your password.
My @instagram account has been #hacked 😡 I cannot log in. Please RT and beware, don’t know what his person may be d… https://t.co/jxExkJmi0V— Peter Gadiot (@Peter Gadiot)1533918066.0
As always, Instagram also suggests you pick a long, difficult password, that's different from every other password you use. I'm sure we're all going to do this:
We advise you pick a strong password. Use a combination of at least six numbers, letters and punctuation marks (like ! and &). It should be different from other passwords you use elsewhere on the internet.
As of today, I have heard from more than 150 people who have had their Instagram accounts hacked (many just in the… https://t.co/39KSnvyN77— Karissa Bell (@Karissa Bell)1534384070.0
If your account has been shut down, Instagram provided a remedy:
You can also use the steps outlined on this page to restore your account. Please use a new, secure email address to restore your account.
Good news: I got my Instagram account back Bad news: whoever hacked it took my account off private so now my dad a… https://t.co/CCNr6MtSBI— Caroline Kirchner (@Caroline Kirchner)1534298781.0
My Instagram was hacked but i finally got it back!!!!!! https://t.co/Ly7mlJggoK— shoshanna boucher (@shoshanna boucher)1534279336.0
Finally, you can make your account hacker-proof by setting up some additional security measures like two-factor authentication:
Finally, revoke access to any suspicious third-party apps and turn on two-factor authentication for additional security. Our current two-factor authentication allows people to secure their account via text, and we're working on additional two-factor functionality with more to share soon.
Do a Twitter search for "instagram hacked" and then IMMEDIATELY turn on two-factor authentication! There is treac… https://t.co/KUkhVK2M2S— Ryan Goff (@Ryan Goff)1534193269.0
All these little chores may seem like a drag, but they're definitely less of a hassle than dealing with a hacked account. As long as you use a strong password and keep an eye on your account to make sure changes aren't being made without your say-so, everything will be fine!