Earlier this week, the Instagram account of Houston Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was hacked and taken over for about nine hours before he was able to regain control of his account.  Unfortunately, the hacking not only resulted in the loss of his older photos,  but in addition, he also lost more than 20,000 followers.  The hacker replaced Hopkins’ photos with those of a Turkish model Kardelen Toprak.  Losing your Instagram account to a hacker is a threat to everyone, but there are some basic steps you can and should take to protect the security of your Instagram account.

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The best thing you can do to protect your account is to take advantage of the dual factor authentication protocol offered by Instagram.  If you are attempting to access your Instagram account from your phone, computer or other device that you normally use, you don’t need to to do anything more than type in your password, but to prevent someone who may have stolen your password from accessing your account, Instagram will send a code to your cell phone that must be used to access your account if you or someone else attempts to access your Instagram account from a different device. Here is a link that explains how the Instagram dual factor authentication protocol works. https://help.instagram.com/566810106808145

In addition, it is important to have unique, distinct passwords for each of your online accounts.  This is important because if somehow your password is compromised as in a data breach, the passwords to your other accounts will not be known.  Having unique passwords for each of your accounts is not as difficult as it may seem.  You can either use a password manager or you can have a base password that you adapt for each of your account.  Start with a phrase such as IDon’tLikePasswords which has capital letters, small letters and a symbol.  Then add a couple more symbols so in our example your password would be IDon’tLikePasswords!! and then adapt it for each account you have so that you will have a secure and easy to remember password for each of your online accounts.   Thus,  in our example your Instagram password could be IDon’tLikePasswords!!!INST.

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