Instagram shares 6 tips to protect your account from phishing attacks
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These tips will come in handy to help save yourself from phishing attacks
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Instagram shares 6 tips to protect your account from phishing attacks

These tips will come in handy to help save yourself from phishing attacks
  • Recent phishing incidents on Instagram have concerned many users of the platform.
  • To help users have a safer experience on the platform, Instagram has shared some helpful tips.
Social media is a tool for good for many. Through 2020, it’s been a way to bring people together as they were disconnected physically; to inspire people with live performances and to inform people with information on Covid-19, economic recovery efforts and now, on vaccines.

But as the intimacy with our phones increase, there have also been phishing attacks that have concerned many. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. On Instagram, people have been defrauded into clicking links in messages that they receive in their DMs, pretending to be official communication from Instagram. As a result, they lose control over their Instagram account, which can be a distressing experience.

The most important information for people to note, is that Instagram never communicates with users through direct messages and all communication made by Instagram via email can be confirmed in the app, in Settings> Security> Emails from Instagram.

To help users have a safer Instagram experience, the platform has shared some tips that can help you protect your account from any suspicious activity:

  • Enable the two-factor authentication for extra security for your account. It offers additional security to ensure that even if someone knows your password, only you can access your account. Two-factor authentication can be done by codes sent by SMS or by a third-party authentication application (such as Duo Mobile or Google Authenticator).
Instagram shares 6 tips to protect your account from phishing attacks

  • Choose a strong password: a combination of at least six letters, numbers and punctuation marks.
Instagram shares 6 tips to protect your account from phishing attacks

  • Revoke access to third party applications. They can expose your login information.
Instagram shares 6 tips to protect your account from phishing attacks

  • Do not share your password with people you do not trust.
Instagram shares 6 tips to protect your account from phishing attacks

  • Instagram never communicates with users through Direct and all communication made by Instagram via email can be confirmed in the app, in Settings> Security> Instagram emails.
Instagram shares 6 tips to protect your account from phishing attacks

Instagram shares 6 tips to protect your account from phishing attacks