It is no longer news that hackers are taking over Instagram celebrity’s account and it’s been so difficultly recovering already hijacked account. However, Instagram want to make it easier to recover.
Instagram is testing a new feature that will make it easier for you to sign in and reclaim your account if it has been hacked. Today, Instagram’s rolling out a test that will ask users to enter the email address or phone number linked to their account, or the ones they used when they initially signed up for the platform.
Instagram will then send a six-digit code that’ll allow them to regain access. If a hacker has control over their email and phone number, too, an Instagram spokesperson tell motherboard that, “When you re-gain access to your account, we will take additional measures to ensure a hacker cannot use codes sent to your email address [or] phone number to access your account from a different device.”
This same process would protect people whose usernames were changed. In that same vein, Instagram says another feature that’s already available on Android will “ensure your username is safe for a period of time after any account changes, meaning it can’t be claimed by someone else if you lose access to your account.” This feature is coming to iOS now.
Instagram Influencers are usually the target, hackers will hold the accounts hostage and demand for a ransom to be paid with bitcoin before it will be released. It’s more like the case of kidnapping.