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TechnologyInstagram begins testing new procedures to help users regain access to hacked accounts

12:40  18 june  2019
12:40  18 june  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Instagram is testing more tools to combat bullying

Instagram is testing more tools to combat bullying At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced it's working on more tools to stop and prevent bullying. The changes will include things like nudges -- if you make an aggressive comment, Instagram will warn you to tone it down a bit. The platform will also offer a new away mode, which users can opt into when they're going through a sensitive time -- possibly a breakup or a transition to a new school. The tools are part of Facebook's overall mission to make its platforms safer, and therefore, more inviting. This isn't the first time Instagram has targeted bullying. Past attempts have included filtering out harassing comments and using machine learning to spot bullying in photos.

Instagram tells Motherboard that it’s testing new procedures that could help hacking victims gain access to their accounts . Once they’re in control, the hacker will change the account ’s associated email address and phone number, which can make regaining access a nightmare.

On Monday, Instagram announced it is testing changes that could make it easier for users to regain access to hacked accounts , as well as security features that could make it harder to steal Instagram usernames in the first place. The news comes after a wave of Instagram users have faced issues

Instagram begins testing new procedures to help users regain access to hacked accounts© Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Instagram says today that it’s testing new features that might make it easier for people to regain access to accounts that hackers have overtaken, Motherboardreports. The news follows reports from users about losing access to their valuable accounts, as well as a separate Motherboard story about how some of these victims turned to white-hat (or well-meaning) hackers for help. Attackers often trick Instagram users into clicking a phishing link that requires them to enter their login credentials, which gives them access to the account. Once they’re in control, the hacker will change the account’s associated email address and phone number, which can make regaining access a nightmare.

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On Monday, Instagram announced it is testing changes that could make it easier for users to regain access to hacked accounts , as well as security In some cases reported by Motherboard, hacked victims even turned to third-party white-hat hackers to help them recover access to their Instagram

On Monday, Instagram announced it is testing changes that could make it easier for users to regain access to hacked accounts , as well as security In some cases reported by Motherboard, hacked victims even turned to third-party white-hat hackers to help them recover access to their Instagram

Today, Instagram’s rolling out a test that will ask users to enter the email address or phone number linked to their account, or the ones they used when they initially signed up for the platform. Instagram will then send a six-digit code that’ll allow them to regain access. If a hacker has control over their email and phone number, too, an Instagram spokesperson tells Motherboard that, “When you re-gain access to your account, we will take additional measures to ensure a hacker cannot use codes sent to your email address [or] phone number to access your account from a different device.”

Spotify’s Storylines are like Instagram Stories for musicians

Spotify’s Storylines are like Instagram Stories for musicians Spotify is testing a new feature called Storyline that gives you behind-the-scenes information from artists about their songs. The information is presented like an Instagram Story, with a carousel of cards featuring a combination of text and images that you can tap through. Android Police notes that the feature is only available on a select number of songs right now, including Sucker by the Jonas Brothers, and a handful of songs by Billie Eilish. Storyline offers similar functionality to Spotify’s existing Behind the Lyrics cards, and even appears directly beneath them in compatible songs.

On Monday, Instagram announced it is testing changes that could make it easier for users to regain access to hacked accounts , as well as security In some cases reported by Motherboard, hacked victims even turned to third-party white-hat hackers to help them recover access to their Instagram

On Monday, Instagram announced it is testing changes that could make it easier for users to regain access to hacked accounts , as well as security In some cases reported by Motherboard, hacked victims even turned to third-party white-hat hackers to help them recover access to their Instagram

This same process would protect people whose usernames were changed. In that same vein, Instagram says another feature that’s already available on Android will “ensure your username is safe for a period of time after any account changes, meaning it can’t be claimed by someone else if you lose access to your account.” This feature is coming to iOS now.

Instagram begins testing new procedures to help users regain access to hacked accounts© Instagram

Hackers often want to gain access to an account to hold a prized username or influencer’s account for ransom. The company has previously mostly relied on a system that involved having hacking victims take a selfie in which they held up a piece of paper with a code that Instagram sent them. The idea is that human moderators can match their face up with the photo and verify they are who they say they are, but the system doesn’t always work. This new test doesn’t appear to be replacing that system, but rather augmenting it.

Instagram has new rules for removing accounts.
Instagram will take down your account if you have a number of violations within a window of time. Currently, Instagram takes down accounts that have a certain percentage of content that violates its rules. An Instagram spokeswoman said it isn't sharing the exact number of violations or time frame because of concerns users will game the system. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Instagram will notify users if their account may be removed.

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