Tuesday, October 19

Beware of fake Instagram messages: how to prevent them


In recent weeks, an email has been circulating, supposedly coming from Instagram. Even if this seems obvious to some, the social network wished to recall the good practices of its operation and its communication towards its users.

Faced with an increase in fraudulent messages intended for its users, Instagram has published a video to remind you of some rules to protect yourself well.

More and more Instagrammers were receiving an email from the social network to tell them that a post violating the rules of the service had been detected and that they had to click on a link to give their explanations. An obviously fraudulent link aimed at seizing their identifiers.

How not to get trapped?

Instagram recalled that it never contacted users by email and that it was important not to click on the link, just to immediately delete the message.

First of all, note that a communication from Instagram will always have an email address ending in “@ instagram.com”. Any other variation is an attempt at fraud. If an email address appears instead of the sender’s name, always check behind if the one to which it redirects is the same.

If Instagram were to contact you, it would be done from the app. From your profile (the three horizontal lines), go to Settings, then Security. This is where Instagram messages about you appear, whether they are connection attempts from unusual devices, explanations of posts or stories that could have been deleted, etc.

Instagram messages arrive directly in the app

Instagram messages arrive directly in the application // Gamesdone: Frandroid

The platform also recalls the merits of two-factor authentication which reinforces the security of your account against intrusion attempts.


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