The title says it all: DANI WAS HACKED BY RUSSIANS. In this episode of Clout Check, hosts and Instagram influencers Dani (@dani_the_explorer) and Kelsey (@heykelseyj) dive deep into the spy movie that became Dani’s life when her Instagram account was randomly hacked by Russians, and she had to elicit the help of a Columbian hacker...you can’t make this sh*t up. Kelsey reveals her own experience with Instagram account sabotage and what these experiences taught the pair about their social media & online businesses. But don’t worry, they won’t feed you to the evil hackers. The girls also share their top tips to protect your online footprint.
Let's talk about privacy! Okay, so true story, Clout Check host Dani had her Instagram account hacked early last year. It was a rollercoaster of a time. Believe it or not, hackers try to steal Instagram accounts every day! Let's get into why this is and some ways you can protect your information.
Why do hackers want your Instagram account?
If you have a large following, hackers will try to take your Instagram account so they can wipe it out and sell it to someone that wants your followers. That's the sad truth. However, that's not the ONLY reason why your account can get hacked. Take a second to think about all the things connected to your social media profile: your email address, name, phone number, maybe more! If a hacker gets into your Instagram, they'll have access to your life. No bueno.
What can you do to prevent hackers from getting your information?
There's plenty of security tips out there, but here are a few tips from Clout Check hosts Dani Rodriguez and Kelsey Johnson.
Use Two Factor
Two-factor authentication requires you to take an extra step to get into your accounts. Rather than typing a password and "YAY I'M IN," you'll have a code sent to your phone number or will have to request a code from a 2-factor app like Google Authenticator. If someone happens to steal your password, they won't be able to get into your account! You should also add two-factor to the emails associated with your social media pages.
Change Your Passwords Frequently
Sorry but it's not enough to have the same password for everything forever. In an ideal world, every account you have would get a unique password that can't be attributed to your life in any way! Change them monthly if you can.
Don't Click On Suspicious Emails!
Believe it or not, but Instagram hackers love to send emails "from Instagram" that say things like "Your account has been verified! Click here to confirm this update!" Sorry sis, it's fake. Don't click on links in these emails because it'll give a hacker a one-way ticket into your account, and that's all they need to access your personal information.
OKAY, want the rest of the security tips and to hear the full story on what happened when Dani's account was hacked PLUS some equally bad that happened to Kelsey? Listen to Episode 3 of Clout Check below!