Nowadays one can see that almost every individual has a smartphone in their hands or pockets. The reason everyone prefers smartphones over any other phones is obvious. Smartphones provide access to a number of applications that have been recently trending. One of these recently trending applications is the Instagram.
Instagram has seen an upward rise in its fame since its launch. The main reason why Instagram is so famous is that people, in general, are very fond of taking pictures and saving them as memories. People also have a tendency to adorn the memories in a better way than they actually were. Instagram offers a lot of help in this field with their amazing collection of filters. Instagram has the right filter for all kinds of images. These filters do a unique job of bringing out the best in the picture thus making the photo more beautiful while keeping the memory intact.
How Instagram accounts tend to get hacked
Recently on the internet, there had been news of a master bugger to have come up with how to hack a Instagram account. It was more of a warning than enlightenment about how an Instagram account could be hacked using brute force. One could either use a brute force attack using mobile login API, which is the hacker can make use of the authentication API URL which authorizes the phone to use the account.
Another brute force attack that can be used is the brute force attack using the web-based registration system. Brute force attacks mainly require a hacker to sit patiently through using a large number of passwords only to be flashed with“wrong password” information until they have enough data to make a script which could effectively come up with the right password once the actual username or email id is run through the script.
How hacking Instagram accounts can have a negative effect
Instagram accounts are basically an online portfolio of all the memories that are stored in a successive number so that anyone viewing the pictures can have a definite idea of when the picture is from. Instagram also has a feature that allows the account users to provide the exact locations.
Now that Facebook has bought all rights of Instagram, it has also been connected directly to Facebook. Because of this, anyone who is accessing the account without the account holder’s permission is liable to use the password in wrong ways.
If a hacker gets access to an Instagram account they will not only have access to all the pictures in the account but they will also have the power to delete those pictures as well as edit the comments. For those hackers that tend to be petty, they can even cause slander by posting unethical pictures which is the last thing that anyone can possibly want.
There have been many incidents of hackers hacking into profiles and these incidents are not only limited to the common folks. There has often been the big news of celebrities getting their profiles hacked and having all their pictures completely wiped out.
Especially for those who are using their Instagram accounts to make money, this can have a very negative effect on their business. Not only can it cause potential damage to the business but for these people, slander is almost always the worst things. The hacker might even delete the account which would cause the account holder to lose all the pictures and videos they had posted and if the account holder does not have a back up of all the pictures and videos, those pictures, as well as videos, are lost forever.
Even if the pictures and videos are recovered, it takes a lot of time to gain the number of likes and comments it had received earlier which increases the popularity of the account holder which, again, increases chances of their business improving.
How to avoid being hacked
There is no real way to avoid being hacked on Instagram other than, perhaps, setting a strong password. Other ways include seeing privacy to make sure that only people you know are capable of following you. If a hacker is not allowed any part of the information from the account of the victim, there might be lower chances of getting hacked.
There, however, are several ways to deal with a situation where the account has been hacked. Once the account has been hacked, the first and the most important step for anyone who has the same password for their Instagram as their other social media sites is to immediately change the passwords of each of these sites. It will then be advisable to contact Instagram to see if they can either recover the damage or at least retract the password from the grasp of the hacker.
Another very important task is to secure the email id that had been used to create the Instagram account because at this point the hacker hasn’t yet targeted the email id which means that the email id can be saved by quickly tightening the security of the email id as well as changing the password of the email id.
In case the Instagram account can be recovered, make sure to change the password right away as well as remember to log out of your Instagram account if you use it on another device than your phone. Even on phone, make sure to keep it password protected so that no one can hack into the several apps you have and cause any real damage.
People’s dependence on Instagram is so much that any incident of getting hacked usually leaves them quite devastated. Large-scale loss of memories takes place as a consequence of hacking and it also has a negative impact on the mindset of the individual whose account got hacked. While Instagram is a lovely thing, there are these troubles that can arise occasionally that have the potential to cause grave harm to the Instagram account holders.