My Instagram Hacking StoryMay 26, 2016
My Instagram account got hacked recently and it was a nightmare for me. It happened last Sunday when the hacker got hold of my account. I don't know who he/she was nor I know how the hell he/she hacked me. When I was about to check my Instagram on my phone, it was logged out (I never log out my account on the phone so I thought it was just some Instagram glitch happening).
Obviously, I needed to log in but I can't 'cause it keeps on telling me that the username don't exist and this is when I started to get alarmed. I used my sister's Instagram to search for my account but it's not showing. I checked my email that was connected to my Instagram and that's the time when I was hundred percent sure I was hacked. The hacker successfully changed my password. I had a backup account that's why I easily found my hacked account. The hacker changed everything on my account (username, password, email, profile picture, name, and bio) but fortunately, not deleting my photos yet so I was eagerly finding ways on how to get my account back before he/she do so. To the point that I tried to send messages and comment on my own account with the hope that the hacker will see it. I even tried to google on how to hack so I can just hack my own Instagram. I've never been so angry, sad, and scared all at the same time. I can barely sleep knowing that someone I don't know is using my account. I stayed up until 3am just trying to find ways on how to fix this.
How I Got My Account Back:
I reported it on Instagram's Help Center and answered everything there. After a few minutes, I received an email telling me to take a photo of myself holding a paper containing the code they sent me, my name, and the Instagram username. After for like 8 hours they finally sent an email again telling me to reset the password and email. Really thankful to Instagram for helping me.
How to Prevent It:
Make sure that your Instagram account and the email connected to it is of different passwords.
Never tell anyone your passwords.
Don't log in or join to third party apps or website or open suspicious emails unless you are sure that it's safe because it might be the way to hack your account.
Change your passwords often if possible.