Instagram is a popular photo and video-sharing app where users can upload, edit and share their content with the world. The app offers a range of filters that can be applied to photos to give them different effects, such as black and white or sepia toned. Other editing features include tilt shift, manual perspective correction and vignette effects. Instagram also allows users to add stickers and captions to their posts.
Instagram can be accessed on a variety of devices, including iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets. It's possible to sign up for an account using an email address or a Facebook account. Users can also connect the app to third-party apps that allow them to manage their accounts on other social media platforms, shopping and dating sites. These apps can be vulnerable to hackers who seek access to user information or to monitor their activities.
Hackers can use a variety of techniques to gain access to Instagram accounts, including phishing scams and malware. Often, the first indication that an Instagram account has been hacked is when the user receives suspicious activity alert messages from Instagram. This may be in the form of an email claiming that a new device has been added to the account, or it could be an Instagram notification that claims there's been a login attempt from a country that the user doesn't frequently visit or travel to.
Laxman Muthiyah, an Indian security researcher, recently received $30,000 in a bug bounty from Instagram after discovering a flaw that would have allowed anyone to take over an Instagram account. Muthiyah spotted the problem in the way that Instagram handles password reset requests. During this process, the app will send an email containing a temporary password that's valid for up to ten minutes.