Instagram accounts will always be a popular target for scammers. You might not think it’s a big deal if someone has their account swiped, but it’s often the vanguard of many online businesses. A takeover, or a deletion, can be absolutely devastating.
Smart hacking crews are always in the background, waiting to see what they can get away with—and it’s not just the public-facing account at risk, but personal data behind the scenes, too.
To combat these attacks, quite a few security additions have been made to Instagram over the years. Now, with the introduction of the "Emails from Instagram" anti-phishing tool, one more inroad for scammers has been made significantly harder to bypass.
“Emails from Instagram” will make it much clearer if a message is actually from the social media platform or a scammer. Once you receive the update, messages will be split between “Mails from Instagram” and “Other.”
Anything sent your way from Instagram will be in the former; everything else will be in the latter. Scammers pretending to be your social network of choice is a classic slice of social engineering, and the anti-phishing tool will hopefully go a long way to shutting down Instagram-centric attacks of this nature.
Whether locked down or not, there’s a huge swathe of Instagram scams to steer clear of, and sadly the platform will never be rid of them. Here’s some of the most common, sneaky, and downright clever attacks. Most, if not all of these, will be in circulation somewhere. It’s up to us to give them as wide a berth as possible.
Instagram has a lot of advice with regards to account security. If your account has been compromised, there’s multiple directions you can go in depending on situation. Impersonation? They have that covered, too. They also have more general security tips, and a generous amount of additional links which can be found in the Privacy and Safety Center dropdown menu. Two factor authentication is also on offer, should you want to make use of it—we strongly suggest that you do whenever possible.
Launching an anti-phishing tool is an interesting move by Instagram, and one we hope to see on other sites. It won’t magically solve the problem of imitation Instagram messages, but it should go some way to making a large dent in their ability to convince potential victims to click a bogus link.
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