Instagram Security Flaw Exposes Millions of Account Holders

September 1, 2017

It was reported that Instagram experienced an intrusion recently due to an insecurity in their software.  That flaw has been addressed but not before a 3rd party allegedly harvested email addresses and telephone numbers of many Instagram account holders.  These are reportedly now for sale on the Dark Web.  NOTE: Account passwords apparently were not compromised.  Many high profile Instagram account holders were targeted but so were many “average users”.

What do to if you have an Instagram account?

There is no method to know if you’ve been affected by this latest hack, but privacy experts recommend being extra vigilant in the coming weeks – with an email address and telephone number in their hands someone could launch a phishing attack where they attempt to get your log-in details (passwords, etc).  If you get a telephone call or email that seems suspicious, best to report it to Instagram (click here for details).

Summary: You should be extra wary of any call or email that asks you to reset your email or Instagram password, or asks for log-in details for your telephone account.  Revealing these details to a 3rd party could end up being a privacy/identity theft nightmare.

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Your Digital Tattoo: How Permanent is this Ink?

Before you post, know this will be around for a LONG time

In today’s Tech Tip Chet addresses the permanence of the posts we share on social media. And provides suggestions for making sure what you post is something you’ll be happy seeing 10 years from now. This is #2 in a 5-part video series on Choosing Your Own Digital Tattoo.

Choosing your Digital Tattoo – thoughtfully posting on the internet

What will this post look like to a stranger?

In today’s Tech Tip Chet Davis – Your Technology Tutor shares the first of five videos focused on Choosing Your Digital Tattoo. Today “What does this look like to a stranger?”. Your digital tattoo or digital footprint is something you create every time you share some on social media today – and it will be […]

Are You Happy With Your Digital Tattoo?

Interview: What it is and how to shape it

Had a great time talking with my friend and colleague Valda Ford recently about a very important topic – Your Digital Tatoo. For folks using Social Media it’s important you know that you are everyday adding to your Digital Tatoo, leaving a track – a record that friends, future bosses, co-workers, and your future mate […]

In today’s Tech Quick Tip Chet Davis – Your Technology Tutor teaches you how to easily turn off or disable the notifications when someone goes live with  Facebook video. This can be an annoyance on your mobile device – there’s a single setting in Facebook on your laptop or desktop computer to turn this off.

In today’s Tech Quick Tip Chet Davis – Your Technology Tutor teaches you how to use a free website to easily (and quickly) create automatically a collage of your best nine Instagram photos (posts) from the last year.

The importance and acceptance of video in Social Media continues to grow.  Today Instagram begins roll-out of increased video capabilities on the social media service previously thought of as a photo sharing site… 15-second videos have been incorporated and soon users will be able to post videos up to 60-seconds long.  In addition to the length […]

Instagram To Adjust What You See In Your Feed.

http://blog.instagram.com/post/141107034797/160315-news

If you are an Instagram user, be ready for them to adjust your “feed” starting this week. Instead of seeing those you have chosen to follow showing up in posting order, Instagram will begin curating your feed – determining for you what they believe you would like to see.

Facebook to launch new emoticons

http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/24/facebook-reactions/

New emoticons coming to Facebook – more than just the “Like” we’ll have Love, Wow, Haha, Sad, and Angry options. This is designed to allow your Friends to share a more accurate reaction to one of your posts. For example, Liking a post when you announce an illness – when they were doing that to show support – now they can show support and can instead communicate their feelings with you (or about your latest public post) by selecting one of the 5 new emoticons.

Facebook's New Emoticons

Facebook’s New Emoticons