Since the start of 2019, we’ve heard a lot about Instagram hacking attacks. The issue was damn serious as many well-known accounts got compromised. Many influencers and celebrities were infected by these attacks. Even some influencers hired white hat hackers to recover hacked Instagram accounts. Instagram had to face criticism for lack of customer support. But now the Facebook-owned platform has come up with a solution.
How to recover hacked Instagram accounts?
After numerous complaints, Instagram launches a new feature. The new recovery tool is called “Freeze your username”. The feature helps the victim to recover his account within the app. Right now users need to contact Instagram. And then wait for Instagram support’s reply. And the process is not much beneficial. So in most cases, the hacked accounts are sold out. Yes! Hackers mostly target high profile accounts. Not only those but usernames having verified badge. They also target accounts with lots of followers. These accounts are sold to the highest bidders.
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Freeze your username tool
Using this recovery tool how can a user recover his account? To recover a hacked account follow these steps:
- Open the Instagram app and you’ll see the login page.
- You can’t sign in? Check the option below the login form.
- Click on forgot the password.
- Enter your username, email or phone number linked to the account.
- Now you’ll see 3 options, click on “Need more help?” option.
- Enter the email you provided while creating the account at sign up.
- Fill up the form as directed.
- After that cross-check the information and click on the Submit Request button.
Now with this new feature, you’ll receive a secret code. Make sure you’ve access to your email or phone number. Enter the code and you’ll be able to retain access. Now here is the interesting part. To make sure, hackers can’t use this code. The tool ensures that this code doesn’t work on another device.
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Sprotechs Analysis and Review
Here is what we think about this new feature. This new recovery method will be helpful in certain circumstances. If someone hacked your account and changes the username. When you claim recovery, the username will be locked. This will be for a definite period. When you recover your account. You’ll be able to change the username. Same would be effective if someone changes your email or number. You can claim recovery using the signup email or phone number. Also, no one can use the recovery code on another device. So to claim recovery make sure the recovery mail or number is available on the same device.
You can not take advantage of this feature in some conditions. Like if someone got access to your email. And the hacker changes your email password. And if you never added a phone number in the account. You won’t be able to recover your account. So be safe.