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Instagram Rolls Out Protective Features To Easily Save Accounts From Hackers

By June 24, 2019 Strictly Business Blog

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Cross-posted from designtaxi.com

[by Yimin Huang]

Instagram is now testing new features intended to make it more challenging for hackers to steal accounts. This is timely, as online extortionists have been threatening to delete influencers’ accounts unless they footed high ransoms.

Some victims ended up paying huge sums, while others never managed to get their accounts back, as hackers sold them off for as much as US$100,000, according to The Atlantic.

In such cases, it is difficult for victims to get their profiles back, as the email addresses and phone numbers tied to their accounts would likely have been changed after the thefts.

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