In 2017, Instagram Users were shocked to learn that more than six million user accounts were exposed online, potentially revealing their private information like email address and telephone number. Even Celebrities like Selena Gomez were affected by the hack. Once IG founders learned of the leak, they immediately took action but the damage was done for some people. They sent an email out to their users alerting them of the security breach and provided them with information needed to update their passwords and further protect their personal information. August 2018 another hack occurred on the site, this time affecting hundreds of accounts. Although the site does everything possible to protect their users, there is only so much they can do. It is up to each user to take extra measures to stay safe while using this site or any other social media site.
Want to know how to stop you IG account from being hacked or involved in a large data security breach? Here are a few steps that you can take to protect yourself and your account.
Choose a Reputable Company
A lot of people use the Instagram followers app to find companies that sell followers. They purchase them which increases the numbers on their account in an instant. There are some pretty awesome perks that come to those who buy followers and it is certainly popular with many people. Some companies are not on the up and up, however, so don’t wrongly assume they’ll all exceed your expectations. Research the choices before choosing a company to shop with to protect yourself against many problems.
People have a tendency to use the same info for their passwords on social media, their email, etc. This includes kids’ names and dates of birth, their anniversary dates, and other similar details are easy for hackers to retrieve where they gain access to your account. Most of us have this information readily available or don’t think twice about giving it out when asked. Prevent this from happening by choosing a strong IG password that isn’t easily hackable, that doesn’t include birth dates or names.
It is a good idea to use two-factor authentication, which makes it almost impossible for anyone else to access your account. What is two-factor authentication, you ask? If someone tries to log into your account from an unknown location, a passcode is sent to your telephone number on the amount to verify that it is you trying to access the account and not a hacker or someone else.
IG Authorized Apps
Third party apps that you’ve accessed on IG can gain personal information, so it is a good idea to remove their access if you no longer use them. Many people add the apps and forget, all while their personal info is at risk. Use Authorized apps only to prevent future worry. And, be sure that you take off all of the third-party apps that you no longer use right away and protect yourself!