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Monday, 9 July 2018

How To Protect Instagram Accounts From Hackers? | How Instagram Accounts Are Hacked? - FRIENDOTECH

INSTAGRAM

Instagram is one of the most used social media sites after Facebook and Twitter. We use it to share photos, videos and to follow our favorite celebrities.

After the evolution of Facebook & Twitter, Instagram became the third most used social media site/app in the world. With the gaining popularity of social media, it is almost impossible for us to keep our data private on the web.

As Instagram is widely popular and is immensely popular among the youths, it is also targeted by Black Hat Hackers in order to get access to the users account.

PREVENT-INSTAGRAM-FROM-HACKERS

You might be thinking about your safety on the Instagram, so here I'll be sharing all the possible ways through which your Instagram Account can be hacked!

i) WITH PYTHON SCRIPT

If you're interested in hacking, then you may be aware about the Python script which are capable of hacking Instagram.

Now, don't question on Instagram security because it is and it'll be one of the most secured server as Facebook owns it. Look, these types of Python script is a type of Brute Force Script and the hacker who owns the script has many simple passwords guesses in his/her directories and then the script tries to match each and every password (saved in his/her directories) for a given particular account.

Suppose an Instagram account named, XYZ is a targeted account and its password is abcd1234. Now, a hacker has a directory in which he has a bunch of password guesses. If one of the guesses come out to be "abcd1234", then the hacker will get access to the Instagram accound XYZ.

Python is the easiest among all the languages used in hacking and so, it is used widely.

HOW TO PREVENT YOUR ACCOUNT FROM THESE ATTACKS?

Well, it's quite simple!

Hackers are intelligent but even the genius and experienced hackers won't able to guess the password if it will contain alphabets, numbers & symbols.

Let us do mathematics. There are 26 alphabets, which means 52 alphabets in total (upper case and lower case combined). Also, the are 10 numbers (0 to 9). By applying the simple permutations and combinations:

Since we have case-insensitive passwords, we have 26 alphabets and 10 digits, giving the number of choices for every character in the password = 26[a-z] + 10[0-9] = 36 possibilities.

After doing the further calculations, the total possibilities will be: 36^8 and the total invalid passwords possibilities will be: 26^8 + 10^8

So, the total number of valid passwords will come out to be: 36^8 - (10^8 + 26^8), which will be 2.61219 x 10^12.

It is almost impossible to guess the right password from 2.61219 x 10^12 possibilities given the condition that you're not using your name and date of birth in your password.

In simple words, never keep such passwords which can be guessed or never include that word in your password which comes in the dictionary.

ii) PHISHING ATTACK

Phishing attack is one of the most common attacks which you'll come across whil using social media. Phishing Attacks generally involve social engineering.

In general, Phishing attacks are done to obtain the sensitive user information, such as username, passwords or other information. Attackers (who targets you) send the mails, which says "That your account is being accessed by some other users and they are posting some irrelevant post or sexual post and for your safety, we have deleted those irrelevant posts. So, kindly change your passwords by Clicking down the link below."

Many users who are not aware of these types of attacks clicks on that link to change the passwords and then suffer.

HOW WE GET TRAPPED?

Attackers design the mails in such a way that it looks like the original Instagram page. The given link in the respective mail will send you to their own web page which are specially designed to distract users. Users get distracted by seeing the original Instagram logo and change their passwords using the attackers web page.

After getting their passwords, attackers change the passwords, email id, mobile numbers and you can't do anything afterwards.

WHAT TO DO NOW?

In this case, the only thing you can do is to report a problem to Instagram. Only they can help you in reinstating your Instagram account.

Don't worry! It's too easy to report a problem to Instagram. Refer to "What to do in general?" at the bottom of this post.




iii) KEYSTROKE LOGGERS

Keystroke Logging is the most dangerous one anyone can practice. You don't need to be a pro-hacker to have access to anyone's password.

Anyone can install Keystroke software in your smartphone (Android only, not iOS) and can get access to everything you type in your smartphone. Even your trusted friends can install Keystroke Logger software and can use your information in wrong ways.

In this case, you can't do anything as nothing is in your hand. These types of software can't be seen in the Apps drawer and hence, we can't uninstall it without inspecting our smartphones properly.

WHAT TO DO NOW?

Don't give your mobile phones to any unknown person because they might install these types of malicious software in your smartphone.

If any of friends suggests you any apps, just don't download it if it is not available on Google Play Store. Any modded apps must not be downloaded to prevent your smartphone from getting tracked.

You must download only those apps which are available on the Google Play or on Microsoft store. Don't go for free paid apps (those paid apps which are available for free) as it may contains some malicious software.

iv) BYPASSING THE Wi-Fi

If you're interested in using the free Wi-Fi, then don't go for it. Nowadays, free Wi-Fi is a synonym to Wi-Fi bypassing.

Wi-Fi bypassing is a very advanced process to access anyone's password. By using free Wi-Fi, you are transferring your data to the host's server and from there it can be accessed easily. Leave host's server, a good hacker will access it in the middle. 

Have you heard about Man In The Middle?

Man in the middle is a type of Cyberattack where a malicious actor inserts him/herself into a conversation between parties, impersonates both parties and gains access to information that the two parties were trying to send to each other. 

Hackers use it in the free Wi-Fi which is not protected by any means of security, neither with WPA, WPA2 nor with WEP.

WHAT TO DO NOW?

This time it is easy to save your account. In order to save your Instagram account, you should use VPN (trusted one).

By using VPN, what you generally do is that you connects to the public internet through an ISP and then initiates a VPN connection with the company VPN server using client software. This will trouble the hackers from getting access to your data.

v) BY HACKING INSTAGRAM SERVER

I know this is the most stupidest thing in this post but it is possible. Instagram servers can be hacked by some hackers and not everyone can do it. Instagram use Facebook's servers and hacking it is not an easy task but every server has security flaws and it is same with Facebook's servers.

You can't do anything in this case. Nothing. Forget about reporting your problems to Instagram because they won't be receiving your problems as their servers has been hacked.

It's not your mistake because it is their duty to protect their servers from cyber attacks.

WHAT TO DO IN GENERAL [EXCEPT THE (v) CASE]?

In general, if your account had been hacked and you're unable to get access from any source then don't worry! Here's what to do:

i) Open your browser.


SEARCH-FOR-IMPERSONATION-ACCOUNT

ii) Search for "Impersonation Account Instagram" and click on the first result which the search engine shows.


INSTAGRAM-FORM-PROTECTION
(Options are blurry because of their small size. Just choose the 2nd option in 1st question and 1st option in second question.)

iii) Select the second option in both the questions.


INSTAGRAM-FORM

iv) Fill the form (as shown above) and provide them all the information which they are asking and you're done.


READ MORE ABOUT PASSWORD ATTACKS: READ NOW!!!

NOTE : Instagram do not accept everything as a proof. Below are the list of all types of IDs Instagram accept for the verification:


  • Birth ceritificate
  • Driver's license
  • Marriage certificate
  • Non-driver's govt. ID (example: disability SNAP or national card)
  • Official name change paperwork
  • Passport
  • Personal or vehicle insurance card
  • Voter ID card
If you don't have an ID that shows your name and date of birth, they'll also accept the following items. Together, these items should show your name and date of birth:
  • Bank statement
  • Bus card
  • Check
  • Credit card
  • Library card
  • Mail
  • Magazine subscription stub
  • Medical record
  • Membership ID (example: a pension card, union membership, working or professional ID)
  • Paycheck stub
  • Permit
  • School ID card
  • School record
  • Social security card
  • Utility bill
  • Yearbook photo (actual scan or photograph of the page in your yearbook)
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