Do you feel that your Instagram account is hacked? In this article, we’ll share the exact procedures of how to report it.
Instagram is a great app that lets you stay connected with the people you know. It also helps businesses to spread the message about their products and services. Since Instagram plays such an important role, losing access to the app will cause too much stress. Unfortunately, not all users are the same and many will indulge in prohibited activities such as identity theft.
If you feel that your account might be hacked, follow the procedure in this article.
What Are the Signs of a Hacked Instagram Account?
Here is a list of things that will happen if your account is hacked.
- Not able to login to your account
- Your followers notice something unusual about your profile activity
- Random people start following your account
- Images and videos that you don’t know are posted
- Even if you logged in to your account, you keep getting logged out
If you experience any of the above, change your password immediately.
What to Do If your Instagram Account is Hacked?
Instagram account being hacked can happen to anyone. Here are some steps you can take to recover your account.
- Scenario 1 – Unauthorized Posts
If you see any posts that you have not posted on your profile but you are still able to login to your account, follow these steps,
- Change your password. There’s also an option to send an email for a password reset
- Remove access to any suspicious third-party apps
- Delete all the unauthorized posts
Next time you give access to any third-party apps, be sure to read the community guidelines
- Scenario 2 – Account is Inaccessible.
If your account is completely inaccessible, follow the steps,
- Open the Instagram app through your mobile device
- Click on the “Get help signing in” option on the main page of Instagram
- Next, click on “Use Username or Email” and add your details. Once this is done, a password reset link will be shared to your email ID and then you can change your password
Note – If you still can’t access your account, you can turn on the 2-factor authentication.
- Scenario 3 – You Got in Touch With Instagram
Sometimes even if you had sent an email to Instagram regarding your situation you might not get a proper response. If you’re in this situation, you can still send another report to Instagram.
Create a new Instagram account and send a message saying that your account was hacked. You can request your friends to report your hacked account as ‘spam or scam’ so your account will be permanently deleted.
- Scenario 4 – Hacked Account is Still Active
Even after following the steps mentioned in scenario 3 if your account is still active, you can send a message to Instagram through other social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
You can even get in touch with a media company and share your problem with them. They will publish an article about your situation to get the attention of Instagram.
How to Safeguard your Instagram Account?
Here are some things you can follow to keep your Instagram account safe.
- Have a strong password for your account. Include alphabets, punctuation marks, and numbers. Never reuse this password on other platforms
- Change your password every 3 months
- Never share your password with people you don’t trust
- Enable the two-factor authentication for better protection
- Email account linked to your Instagram profile should also be secure. Make sure to follow the guidelines of your email account provider
- If you login to any device that is not yours, make sure to logout
If you’ve tried the steps mentioned above and are still not able to recover your account, it’s better to cut ties with that account. Instead of trying to recover the hacked account, you can start fresh so your account will be more secure.
Never login to any untrustworthy website with your Instagram credentials. Only give access to safe third-party apps. Always be mindful of your other online activities as well.
Lastly, don’t forget to notify your friends and followers that your Instagram account is hacked so they can be alert and safeguard their account by not responding to messages from suspicious accounts that are trying to get a hold of their personal details.