Top Ways To Protect Your Social Media Account Against Hackers

Hello guys! In this article, we’re going to cover up a security measure of protecting your Instagram account against hackers. Instagram is a widely based photo sharing social network websites. Daily millions of users are active. With the respect of its activeness, users must be always protective against hackers. Daily hundreds of thousand attempts are made to hack into someone’s Instagram account. In this article, we’re going to cover up top ways to protect your Instagram account against hackers.

How can someone hack Instagram account?

As already mentioned, there are hundreds of thousand attempts made to hack into someone’s account. There are many ways through which a hacker can access your social networking account. Some of those ways are phishing, packet sniffing, cookie stealing, social engineering, cross signaling, etc. So let’s begin with the discussion on protecting your social media account against hackers.

1. Do not click suspected/unknown/spam links or email.

A hacker can send infected links to its target. These link can be infected in many ways such as virus codes infected in its source code, illegal java scripts(bad code) and a lot more. When the victim clicks the link, the session details, IP, location and many other potential details are sent to hackers automatically which can be lethal for your privacy. For security purpose, do not click unknown links until it is HTTPS or SSL enabled link. And yea, not all HTTPS links are secured but many of them are. Even several HTTPS link are secretly infected.

2.Beware of Phishing websites/email.

Always ignore unknown emails or emails claims that you’ve won a million dollar because such emails are surely for collecting your personal data. Such personal data can be used to manipulate your account using security questions and hacker can gain access to your account. One of the example of winning a million dollar email is given below.

Email Scam Screenshot

I seriously can’t stop laughing on this email. This email is so well-organized that a it is enough for a newbie Internet user would get caught in this trap and give out his/her details to the hacker. So make sure you don’t click on such links or reply to such emails because those are all traps.

3.Do not accept follow requests from known guy/girl.

Here comes the part of social engineering. A hacker can make fake account with fake photos of the target’s opposite gender to attract the attention of the target. If you receive a request from unknown guy/girl, do not accept it since it can be fake ID. Such hacker would talk to you make and make sure you fall in the trap and give out your details to the hacker after a long online-dating. Even if the hacker talks to on phone with a clear opposite gender voice, do not fall in trap or go emotional with it.

4.Do not login to your social media account when you’re on public WiFi/network.

A hacker can do MITM or Man In The Middle attack to gain direct access to the account. If you’re connected on the same network as the hacker is, the hacker can gain access to account by modifying the packets and taking over the details. When a data is transferred over the Internet using the infected network, the data is intercepted and the hacker captures and it store it. This method is called as MITM. So whenever you login to your social media account while connected to public infected network, the data is captured by the hacker and stored.

So here was some basic ways of protecting your account against hackers. Make sure you’re always alert about hacking activity. I’ll be posting its part 2 soon! Thank you.

Manal Shaikh

Just another teen cyber security analyst, system administrator, network analyst, web developer, web designer, and technology geek.

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