I GOT HACKED ON INSTAGRAM: HERE IS WHAT TO DO AND NOT TO DO

I don’t think I can forget that day, it feels just like yesterday. I went online like I normally do and can you believe the shock?!. I was hacked! My Instagram account was no more. I thought it was a dream, like does stuff like this really happen, how can my account just disappear like that?!

The first thing I did was to browse online to check if I was the only one this had ever happened to. Interestingly, I was so not the only one. It had happened to several people just like me.

A quick flashback to the day before the very day my account was hacked. A guy whose name I don’t recall messaged me on how he would love to help me grow my account for free. I was so naive but really you can’t blame me. I gave him all my details after he told me to accept a message Instagram was going to send me on my email, which I did.

The thought that he would actually delete my account didn’t come to my mind at all. You could probably call me a fool, but I was really desperate to grow my account so fast. I had worked on the account to get to just 4,500 followers in four years. I was so tired of social media, I had put in all the work I knew how to but I was not growing like I expected, I was not even getting the engagement I wanted. It was like zero engagement, but thankfully, today the story is different. I grew my new Instagram account from 0 followers to 5,600 followers and still counting.

Initially, I was so angry because I had carried out a lot of research within four years and had learnt so much about social media. That’s why after my account got hacked, I thought it was over for me, like seriously where would I even start from. However, I’ve been able to overcome that challenge and rebuild my Instagram account within a shorter time.

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So in this post, I’m going to be showing you 3 Ways to Protect Your Instagram Account from Being Hacked:

1. Have Different Password:

This is something most people don’t do. They feel it’s better to use just one password for easy remembrance, but that singular action makes social media users vulnerable to their accounts being hacked. Whether you like it or not, using different passwords for your social media keeps your accounts safe. Mark James, Security Specialist at ESET said we should protect ourselves against opportunistic attacks by not reusing passwords and ensuring any password we do use is strong, preferably [with] at least three random non-associated words with capital letters, special characters and if possible the odd ‘space’ thrown in for good measure.

2. Make Sure Your Email Account is Secure:

Your email is a bit like a gateway to your online accounts. If someone has access to it, they also have access to nearly everything else you’ve used your email for. So make sure it’s secure!Most email providers have systems in place to block unwanted login attempts and offer security measures like email encryption and two-factor authentication. If you truly want to keep your Instagram account safe, you need to make sure your email account is equally as safe.

3. Turn on Two-Factor Authentication:

With Two-factor authentication turned on, whenever you log into Instagram from an unrecognized device, you’ll be prompted to enter an SMS security code, along with your username and password. This can help thwart any attempts by hackers to log into your account and change your contact information.

To turn two-factor authentication on, head to your Instagram profile and tap the Settings button. Then scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication.

Tips if your Instagram account gets hacked

Despite a recent frustration with the Instagram algorithm and general visibility on the app, I was absolutely so sad to have lost my account when it was hacked. I really thought I would not be able to recover it and that 4 years of growing my Instagram community and building my personal photo diary would be lost forever. These are are few tips that can help you:

  • Stay calm! Easier said than done but you need to focus. It really helped me because I could actually make some better decisions.
  • Change all emails and passwords on your other social media apps in case the hacker has access to these accounts.
  • Have a back up blank account ready in case you need to ‘save’ your previous username if the hacker changes the name on your account.
  • Always enable Two-factor authentication for added security.
  • Be persistent and patient in contacting Instagram, I didn’t try contacting them because I felt it will take them so long to reply me.
  • Spread the word on your other social media accounts and also do a lot of research and read about other people’s experiences. It really helps to know you are not alone in this.
  • Just in case you can’t retrieve back your account, it was probably deleted by Instagram. Yes, they do that when they notice something unusual. However, you can still start another one. I grew my account from 0 to more than 5,000 followers in just two months. If I could do that, so can you, and much more.

Are you looking forward to growing your account? Do you desire training on how to manage your Instagram account to get larger engagement? My team and I are always ready to help. Send us a message today at [email protected]

Ormah is one of the successful gospel bloggers in Nigeria. She publishes more in depth coverage of Nigerian music, motivational articles, real life stories, lifestyle and her faith in God. Ormah is an excellent writer and has written 3 books. She is also a content marketing professional and reading Ormah's blog has become a part of Nigerian's daily routines.