Imagine, you have spent years building a following on a social media account but one day when you try to log into your account, you got a message that says the password you have been using is incorrect, even though you know you didn’t change it. When you try to reset your password, it says the email address you’ve always used had been changed, too.
After that, most likely there can be two situations:
One is- you get an email from an unfamiliar address: “I’ll sell you back your account for $3K USD.” That’s when you realize that you’ve been hacked. And the hacker is holding your social media hostage.
Second is- you got to know that a spam message or post is being sent out from your account (which you have been trying to log into).
Professional scammers figure out passwords to desirable social media accounts and take them over. They change the usernames and passwords. They start blasting SPAM messages to your followers. And then they try to sell your account back to you for the right dollar amount.
Getting hacked sucks and this can affect your brand for a long time. Today we talked about how you can prevent your Instagram account from getting hacked.
Instagram is one of the social media channels with the most natural reach.
Two-factor authentication is a security process used to ensure the security of online accounts beyond just a username and password.
“Two-factor authentication is a security feature. If you set up two-factor authentication, you’ll be asked to enter a special login code or confirm your login attempt each time someone tries accessing Instagram from a device we don’t recognize.”
By implementing two-step authentication, if someone gets your password, they would also need a second factor to access your account.
How to do it
Log in to your Instagram account<Go to the options menu<scroll down to the middle of the page and click “Two-Factor Authentication”.
Toggle the require security code option. You’ll get asked if you really mean to turn this on, tap “Turn On.”
You’ll receive a six-digit code on your registered mobile number<input that code into the verify phone number screen and click to arrow to go to the next step.
Now if someone tries to log into your account from an unknown device, Instagram will require an access code to complete the process
And finally, if Instagram sends you an access code you didn’t ask for, change your password immediately. It means that someone has gotten your username/password correct but is just trying to sign on from an unknown device. Your account security has still been compromised.