With major password leaks we’ve recently seen, there’s an increased chance that your Instagram account will be hacked. In case this happens, Instagram has just introduced a new, easier way to recover your account.
vpnMentor reports that its research team discovered that Theta360’s photo-sharing platform has suffered something of a pretty major data breach. The leak, they say, has exposed at least 11 million public and private photographs on the system.
They say that while most personal information was not released, usernames, first and last names along with the captions were exposed in the database alongside the images. Images that many users had chosen to keep private.
For one reason or the other, all of us delete plenty of photos from our phones while choosing the keepers. If you have an iPhone X, your “deleted” images are not entirely gone. As a result – they may be accessible to hackers. Two researchers have recently found a vulnerability that could let hackers access your images, even if you previously deleted them.
If you happen to be locked out of your Facebook account, you may soon need to upload a selfie to prove your identity and be able to log back in. As a matter of fact, it seems that Facebook has already started implementing this captcha. In case they notice suspicious activity on your account, you will be asked to “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face.” After it’s verified, you will be allowed to log back in.
Social media is a wonderful thing. It allows us to instantly connect with an audience of hundreds of millions of people. But it also means that when a bug shows up, it potentially affects hundreds of millions of people, too. And that appears to be what’s happened with a recent issue on Instagram.
Last week, The Verge reported that hackers exploited a bug on Instagram to get the private phone numbers and email addresses of a number of celebrities. Now they say the hack affects millions of Instagram users. And that their private data is now up for sale. Instagram have fixed the bug, but one can’t undo what’s been done.