Instagram is one of the primary preferences for the people of today’s world whenever the question of clicking pictures and posting it comes under the light. Instagram has a very interesting feature where one can put any picture of their preference under a filter to highlight the best aspects of the picture. Instagram has a collection of such filters that make it easy for people to choose the right one for the right picture. Setting a filter has shown to bring about a very drastic change in the essence of the picture.
It is because of these benefits allowed by Instagram that an increasing number of people have been inclined to be using Instagram to showcase their pictures and videos. Instagram is not only a place to share pictures and videos in. It is also a social networking site that allows people from all over the world to access different pages bringing together communities of people who like the same things. It gives us an uninterrupted feed of all the pages that we have followed and allows us to comment on whichever picture or video we want to comment on. It is through these comments that we find an interactive ground over Instagram.
Other than that, Instagram also has the facility of sending and receiving messages which even has a feature that allows the sender to see if the message had been read by the recipient.
Another interesting feature of Instagram is their direct connection Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Swarm- especially Facebook. Any uploads that have been made over Instagram have an option to be directly uploaded to the Facebook page connected with Instagram as well. Since Facebook is the largest social networking site and people tend to want to upload their pictures over Facebook as well, Instagram’s direct connection to Facebook not only makes it easier for users but also more preferable.
The danger of being hacked
Anyone who has a presence over the internet is usually in the danger of having his/ her account hacked. In much the similar way, one with an Instagram account is also under the danger of being hacked.
Hacking is not a very easy process. However, for those who make a living by studying ways to hack into accounts, it is a matter of more practice than anything else. There are several sites all over the internet that advertise that they can hack into an Instagram profile for anyone who is willing to pay for the service. They even mention their being students who are just up to practicing the entire hacking episode. While this might be simple practice for them, Instagram privacy is a big deal to those who have accounts and a privacy to maintain.
Getting hacked is a very severe thing. It means that the hacker has access to the pictures and videos that have been shared by the account holder. They can now do as they please with the account. If the victim is lucky, they can get away with minor damage like getting a few pictures and comments deleted. However, if the account holder ends up with a nasty luck, a hacking incident can very well lead to slander which would be especially bad for anyone who is trying to make money out of doing Instagram videos.
How to hack into someone’s Instagram account
As mentioned before, while hacking is not a child’s play, there are certain people who are willing to put in the time and effort required to hack into a profile. The main way of hacking into profiles is by using the authorization URL or the registration authorization.
One can hijack an Instagram account making use of Instagram OAuth or the Facebook OAuth Dialog. There are essentially two weak spots on Instagram. One can make a brute force attack by using the mobile log in API URL or they can also make a brute force attack making use of the web-based registration system.
These systems are in no way easy to implement and require a person to continuously put in a number of passwords that are always wrong. At the thousandth attempt, the username starts showing that it is wrong and then after the next thousandth attempt does the hacker have enough information to formulate a script that has the ability to eliminate all passwords that do not fit and go through each password until it comes across the password that clicks and allows them to gain access into the account of the victim.
Another way to get into someone’s Instagram account is to use online tool.
Steps to be taken after getting hacked
Most of us keep the same password for all social media sites, especially if we have a poor memory (which seems to encompass the larger part of internet users). In this case, once the Instagram account has been hacked, the hacker is privy to the password and can move on to access other accounts held by the victim as well. The immediate action that needs to be taken is to change passwords of all other social media sites. This temporarily blocks the hacker’s advancement and the hacker is left to lurk in the Instagram account of the victim. Before the hacker can manage to do much damage, it is most advisable to contact Instagram right away. This not only gives Instagram an account of the breach of privacy but also gives them an opportunity to fix the damage.
One should always take immediate action in case of getting hacked because not only is hacking a serious offense but it can also cause a lot of damage if left to do so for long. Incidents of Instagram accounts getting hacked has been seen all over the internet with panicked tweets and Facebook statuses about how their Instagram has been hacked. This has become one of the biggest problems in social media sharing and while the authorities at Facebook are doing their very best to tighten the security of Instagram, cases of accounts getting hacked haven’t dwindled in numbers.