Instagram is Testing New Feature That Can Help Users Combat Hackers Stealing Accounts

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Instagram is working on putting user account security at a high priority by making it more difficult for hackers to steal accounts to hold them hostage for ransom or sell for high profit.  

Hackers are after big influencer accounts in a scheme reported by Motherboard which involves cybercriminals targeting big name Instagrammers. The attack works through an email link that – once clicked – directs users towards a fake Instagram login page. Once a hacker steals the login credentials and has access to the account, victims are unable to sign-back in or regain access to their own profiles, as hackers change both the recovery email address and phone numbers associated with the account.

Instagram had previously acknowledged the problem of users having difficulty in accessing their accounts, to which the company had advised in setting up two-factor authentication as well as implementation of stronger passwords, but adding these extra steps of security doesn’t exactly help when a cybercriminal has already accessed an account. Phishing links have been used as a primary means of tricking influencers into signing into bogus login pages made to look authentic. Furthermore, if an influencer has used the same account credentials that were previously involved in a data breach elsewhere, cybercriminals can use this information to their advantage to gain access to an account

After users have long complained about Instagram’s lack of responsibility and initiative in taking care of the hacker issue, the company recently announced new ways of combating this ransom tactic.

If a user can’t log in to his/her page, Instagram gives one the option of sending a six-digit authentication code to the account’s original phone number or email address that was used when the account was first created. Any other devices used by hackers that are logged in will be logged out, allowing a user to recover their page by resetting their email and password. This feature is currently under testing. 

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Instagram has also promised to bring another feature – one already available for Android users – to iOS. The feature allows a user to change their Instagram handle while also allowing one to maintain their previous handle for 14 days. This upcoming update is meant to deter any hackers from taking popular usernames to sell for profit. After the 14 day period is over, the username becomes available for anyone to use.

Facebook’s New Dashboard Can Help You Manage Your Time On App

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The well-being movement in the world of technology continues! Facebook has announced its new time management feature on its app that will now allow its users to set a time limit on how long they spend scrolling through their news feeds. With the “Daily Reminder” feature in hand, users can be notified of their daily time limit reached on the social media site.

Facebook’s update comes after Instagram’s own time management features that rolled out two weeks ago.

Ameet Ranadive, leader of Instagram’s well-being management team, explained how they “want these tools to be widely available to the whole community, and to anyone that would benefit from using them.” He further explains how “[i]t’s really important for people that use Instagram and Facebook to feel like the time that they spend with us is time well spent,” and that users feel “empowered” when making conscientious decisions about the time they put in for engaging in social media activities.

While Facebook hasn’t implemented a feature for users to block their own access to use the app like Apple’s Screen Time, there is still an advantage to the reminder notifications and usage details that allow one to control their time spent online.

This new feature can be accessed by checking the Settings & Privacy menu, where you can select “Your Time On Facebook”.

Instagram’s IGTV is here: Should YouTube be worried?

Are Instagram and youtube now competing? Instagram has launched IGTV for users to upload videos up to one hour long that is cool. Let’s dive into what this feature has to offer!

How IGTV Works

IGTV will let anyone post and be creative, not just known celebrities, but Unfortunately, not everyone will have access to it unless the user has a set amount of followers and photos!

The app is available on iOS and Android, as well as in the Instagram app through a TV-shaped button above Stories. Systrom explains,“We made it a dedicated app so you can tap on it and enjoy watching videos without all the distraction.”

The users will be able to watch longer videos than usual or swipe up to visit a browse section to find what interests them

IGTV will also let people subscribe to other users’ channels, just like how YouTube is set up. Video creators will also be able to put links in their videos to maximize viewer audience.  

Good news! No Commercials on IGTV just yet…

“There are no ads in IGTV today,” says Systrom, but he also said that “It’s obviously a very reasonable place [for ads] to end up.” He explained that since creators are investing a lot of time into IGTV videos, he wants to make it free of distraction as possible!

With 1 billion users on Instagram, IGTV could be popular with creators not only trying to earn money but to grow their audience. Instagram is not only for creators, but its for business owners who want to attract clients and for the creators to get revenue from the videos.

Instagram has advanced a long ways past just being able to share and like pictures. The social media app can now be the new mobile TV, but we all know that YouTube will always have a wider breadth of content.