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What to Do When Your Instagram Account is Hacked

Many people are using Instagram to share personal data and to socialize. It is considered as one of the best platforms to connect with people all over the world. However, some people have seen an opportunity to exploit others. Hackers are more interested in gaining access to user accounts. Some tell-tale signs that your account has been hacked include: instagram-hack

  • Not being able to log into your account with your usual password
  • You are suddenly following unknown people
  • There are some random activities that you can’t account for

When you notice such signs, it is advisable to do some of the following things.2016-04-18-1461004800-1939061-screenshot_20160418143425

Secure Your Email Address

For your Instagram account to be hacked, your email address has to be hacked too. Therefore, try to find out if there are any exposed passwords in addition to those hacked, any exposed credit card details, bank details or social security number in your email account. There are tools available over the Internet that can help you secure these details. The tools remove all private data in your email leaving you no longer at risk for identity or credit card theft or any other type of pirate Instagram.

Report to Instagram

You can reset your Instagram password if you still have access to the email account associated with it. This way, you will easily regain access to your Instagram account. However, if you can’t access your email as well. It is advisable to report to Instagram immediately. In the process of reporting, you will be required to do the following:

  • Fill out a form where you should indicate that you no longer have access to the account as well as to the email account.
  • Give out an alternate email address that you can use
  • Wait for Instagram team to contact you.

Conclusion

Hackers are preying on every Instagram users thus if you are not careful, may be victim of the same. To avoid such, always use a strong password, change your password every now and then and if you are using a common device, make sure you log out of  your Instagram account every time.