Instagram Hacked? Recover and secure Instagram NOW in simple steps

    Don’t let the hackers take control of your Instagram account! Follow these steps to make it more secure.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Sep 29 2022, 14:41 IST
    7 Instagram features that you must try- from knowing who is Online to sending silent messages
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    1/7 Know who is online on Instagram: Once you open the app, at the top of your inbox, you can see who is free to chat at that moment, helping you find serendipitous opportunities to connect with friends. (Pixabay)
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    2/7 Send silent messages: Send messages without notifying friends late at night or when they’re busy by adding “@silent” in your message. Now you can reach out without worrying about sending unwanted notifications. (REUTERS)
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    3/7 Reply while you browse: Receive a new message while you are browsing your feed? You can now reply without going to your inbox and losing your place. This new feature makes it that much easier and more convenient to chat while on the app. (Pixabay)
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    4/7 Quickly send to friends: You can reshare interesting content without interrupting your Instagram experience. By tapping and holding the share button, you can effortlessly reshare posts to your closest friends. (AP)
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    5/7 Keep it on the lo-fi: Feeling chill? Try the new lo-fi chat theme to make your conversations feel more personal. (Reuters)
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    6/7 Create a poll with your squad: Deciding where to go to dinner or what time to meet up? Instagram is bringing one of Messenger’s most beloved group chat features on the app so you can create a poll directly in your group chat. (Unsplash)
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    7/7 Play, pause, and re-play: Enabled by integrations with Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Spotify coming soon, you can now share a 30-second preview of that song you just can’t get out of your head, and your friends can listen directly from your chat. (Pixabay)
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    If you think your Instagram account has been hacked, do this immediately. (Unsplash)

    We keep hearing about social media accounts getting hacked and all personal information stolen, and in the worst-case scenario, hackers end up extracting money from the victim's account. From famous actors, and celebrities, to several commoner's Instagram accounts, hackers don't spare anyone. If you are on the same track, and can't access your Instagram account, or it logs you out immediately, or in case an email notifies you of login information or location, then know your account is in danger. Here's a quick guide for you to recover your Instagram account.

    Instagram hacked? Here is what should you do first

    • The first thing to do is to ensure that your username, security email, linked phone number, profile picture, and biography have all been updated.
    • Then report it to the police or cyber-security cell to get immediate action taken against the crime. Meanwhile, you can request the recovery of your account from Instagram.
    • Instagram suggests that you should check your email account for a message from Instagram. If you received an email from security@mail.instagram.com, then you can undo this change by selecting the revert this change option.
    • You will need to request a login link from Instagram. It will send you a login link to your email address or phone number.
    • If you're able to log into your Instagram account, then you can change your password, turn on two-factor authentication for additional security or revoke access to any suspicious third-party apps.

    How to keep your Instagram account safe from future hacking attacks

    • Always pick a strong password. Use a combination of at least six numbers, letters and special characters.
    • Change your password regularly.
    • Ensure to turn on two-factor authentication for additional account security.
    • Not just Instagram, ensure that your email account is secure.
    • Make sure to log out of Instagram when you use a computer or phone you share with other people. Have you seen that "Remember me" box? Never check that.

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