Ever lost an Instagram account to hackers before? I am sure you know how pretty difficult it is to have such account recovered—if you ever did. Recovering a lost Instagram account is just as difficult as recovering a hacked Facebook account; but a new recovery option is now being tested by the ephemeral picture-sharing app.
The new account recovery process being tested, according to Engadget, will make it easier to recover lost account, while also making it difficult for hackers to steal your account in the first place.
Rather than wait for email or be asked to fill out a support form, the new option being tested will ask you for different types of info [original email address or phone number] within the app. A six-digit code will then be sent to the contact info of your choice, while Instagram blocks hackers from using email or phone number codes to steal your account from a different device.
It would also interest you to know that the new account recovery process will ensure that stolen account with a changed username and contact data could be recovered. To make this possible, Instagram is offering a safeguard which will ensure that a username cannot be claimed by anyone for a “period of time” after account changer, regardless of whether such account was hacked or not.
While the username lockdown is already widely available to all Android users [iOS not long to go], roll out of the in-app recovery option has no specific data announced yet. Being able to recover your account without having to go through the previous procedures is highly commendable, and will do away with all the stress associated with it.
Still on security and account safety on Instagram, last April, the Facebook-owned company announced that a bug exposed users’ Stories to people they don’t follow. The first hint to this effect was spotted by a Twitter user InternetRyan per TechCrunch who became confused when he started seeing strangers in his Stories Tray and tagged Josh Constine.
A screenshot showed people in InternetRyan’s Stories tray whom he does not follow, which is better explained by the active Follow buttons on their profiles. Confirming the development to TechCrunch, Instagram said a glitch was responsible, but the issue had been fixed.
The bug led to concerns among users as it caused the deleting and disabling of their accounts without their permission. Early indication of this issue was first sighted when some users invaded Twitter and Facebook with complaints of how they were unable to access their accounts. Some even complained that their accounts were deleted by a yet-to-be-identified bug. As a matter of fact, some Instagram users on Twitter complained that they got messages that their accounts were disabled for violation of Instagram’s terms, while others never received any notification, but found out that they couldn’t log in again.