How to Hack Into Someone's Instagram Account

March 24, 2024
David Sunnyside

Hackers often sell leaked usernames and passwords on the Dark Web for as little as $45 (€35) per account. That's why it's important to use a strong password and enable 2FA for your Instagram account.

When a person's account is hacked, Instagram will send them an email with instructions to restore their access. They may also require a selfie video to verify their identity in case of suspicious activity on their account.

Messages from Instagram that aren't related to a person's account can be signs of a phishing attack. These messages usually claim to be from a member of staff at Instagram (under parent company Facebook) and ask the potential victim to click on a link that mimics an official page for Instagram. The hackers may pretend to be addressing the potential victim by name but actually aren't, or they could even tell the victim that their account has been hacked.

If you see a message that's not from a person on your Instagram feed, report it to Instagram by following the steps on its Help page. It may take a while for Instagram to verify your identity and grant you access to your account. In the meantime, be extra careful when using third-party apps that connect to your Instagram account and be wary of clicking on links in emails or text messages. A good rule of thumb is to avoid using personal information, passwords or strings of numbers in your Instagram bio or other social media profiles.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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