How to get your Instagram account back from hackers (The 3:59, Ep. 572)
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Welcome to the 3:59 I'm Roger Cheng.
I'm Alfred Ng.
Instagram is testing some new features that could make it harder for hackers to see your account and hold them for ransom.
Alfred you have the story.
What's this about?
So a lot of the times hackers will target you know Instagram accounts from influencers or anybody that has like a cool user name that's only like three letters long or something like that and sell it for like pretty high prices.
In a report from the atlantic a few months ago we talked about how these accounts can often times sell for $100,000 or something like that.
But I've also known average people who are not celebrities at all get their Instagram accounts hacked and it's extremely hard to get it back.
Most of the time because when you ask to change, get your password back They'll send it to an email address.
But the problem is once somebody has your email has your Instagram account, they can change what email addresses associated with.
And they'll hold it for ransom.
Sometimes they'll say, if you want your account back, give us 100, $200, whatever.
As that what it goes for?
Because like, obviously first celebrity, if you don't count, it's worth a lot more but if it's just average Joe, like, How much is it actually.
If it's like an average person it's about that much, you know, varies, if you have a really popular account, it could cost a lot more than that considering how much influencers make from advertise posts and things like that.
But what Instagram is testing out is these features.
So when you try to log in now if you can't get your password right, obviously because a hacker might have changed it.
You can now ask them to.
Send the 6 digit code to your original email address.
So the one that you signed up for Instagram with.
which can't really change,
And they can send it there and once it goes there and use the 6 digit code to log log back on, they will log out all other log in session so that you know the hackers on their devices they'll be logged down they won't be able to get back in that way.
This is something that's been coming for a long time.
People have been getting hacked on Instagram for a while now and they really haven't done much for victims but this is a good way to prevent that from happening.
And how, I mean, how prevalent is this?
How many of these, how common is it for you to actually get your account Hacked and held for ransom.
Well there's no statistic on it but last August, Instagram did acknowledge in a post on their own blog saying like, "We've noticed a rise in this.
We've noticed more people complaining about this." But they didn't really offer a solution then.
They more so gave the standard fare of use a strong password and use two-factor authentification.
Right.>> Which isn't really, you know, proactive on this kind of thing.
Okay, all right.
Well, it's good to hear that Instagram's actually, taking some proactive moves, to help users.
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> I'm Alfred Ang?.
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