Instagram Hacked Account Recovery Tool: How It Works
Instagram has just launched a tool to help users recover hacked accounts. There have been many cases and reports where users have lost access to their accounts either by falling for scams and phishing links.
Amid cybercriminals hacking Instagram accounts and using them to lure more users into fake cryptocurrency returns, Instagram has finally taken action to help users protect their compromised accounts. The Meta-owned company launched a new tool that can help users regain access to their compromised accounts. There have been many cases and reports where users have lost access to their accounts either by falling for scams and phishing links or through other mediums. The results in most cases are:
- Hackers threaten users to delete their accounts and ask for a ransom to return them to the user
- Hackers use that account to lure famous people from the user’s account into other scams.
According to a report published by Motherboard in 2018, many users paid ransom to hackers to get their accounts back. According to another 2019 report, users took help from other hackers (and paid them) to regain access to their accounts. Even in 2022, we saw many influencers lose access to their accounts and it took days or months to get it back.
After all these events, the Meta-owned company Instagram has finally acted for its users. Instagram has launched a new tool for users to finally get back hacked accounts. The new feature seems quite useful as it can also help users go back to their original email in case it has been changed by the hacker.
Instagram also added a feature where users who were banned from their accounts can choose two of their friends to vouch for them and claim their identity.
Steps on how to regain account access:
To regain account access, go to the Instagram.com/hacked link on your mobile phone or a desktop browser. Select the “My account was hacked” option and click Next.
Enter your username or email address in the new window and click Next.
If you have forgotten your password or username, just select the options available under “I can’t log in” and you will get help accordingly.
In case your account is hacked, select “Hacked Accounts” and select options from the drop-down list according to your problem.
Instagram is also working to prevent hacking before it happens. It builds a system that can automatically remove accounts impersonating someone else. It also works to warn users when they receive DMs from impersonated accounts. Instagram will also show the verified brands more often, including DMs and stories to help users understand if the information or data comes from a trusted source.
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