Over the past years, Instagram as a Social Networking platform has been really evolving.The team behind it has been doing all it can to bring one of the most innovative online Social Networking experiences with a great user experience. Considering that there are now over half a billion people on Instagram, we can safely assume that their efforts are really paying off.
But the flip side is that Instagram has not been evolving on its own. Hackers were evolving along with it and this evolution has resulted in them upgrading their methods for hacking Instagram. In 2016, it was reported that over 10 million Instagram accounts were unofficially accessed and this has resulted in growing concerns especially among Instagram users on how they can keep their own accounts more secure.
Firstly before I go on to speak on how you can prevent your account from getting hacked, it’s important for you to know some of the methods used for hacking Instagram. Here are they.
1. Bruteforce Attacks:
Multiple combinations of passwords will be tried until a correct one is found.
Malware tracks your activity on your PC and sends it back to its creator. Some of the data might include your Instagram access details.
Cookies are found on websites that track your activity. Cookies can be hacked and used by other people for the purposes of hacking Instagram.
If you want to prevent your own Instagram account from being hacked. This is what you can do.
a. Use a very secure password
I know you love your name but please, don’t ever use it for a password. And it’s also important not to use generalized terms like ‘Newyork123’ as a password. Such passwords make it very easy for people who are into hacking Instagram. Rather, you should use a password generator and generate a short but secure password that is a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. You can also add a little bit of spacing into your password just to confuse the brute software.
b. Have anti-malware software with internet protection
Using an anti-malware software is also one of the best ways you can use to protect your account from Instagram hacking. When you use internet protection, the software will effectively block anything fishy that might compromise the integrity of your Instagram account thus preventing it from getting hacked.
Remember, forewarned is forearmed, keep yourself safe online.