Tips for influencers & brands against hacking

What if suddenly the Insta account with all its followers is gone and you can never log in and post again?

In this blog post, we at Leadnow would like to show you as an influencer but also you as a marketing & brand manager how security can be significantly increased. An influencer even suffered a tragic accident as part of a campaign with us.

What happened?

The influencer found an email in her inbox. In this email you were asked to click on a link to get the blue Insta verification hack:

After that everything happened very quickly. Your email was changed from the account and then the password too. As a result, the influencer no longer had access to her account. She then even received an outrageous message from the hacker via WhatsApp: She could get her account back for $500:

So and that's it: to this day you haven't been able to access your account again!

Options for hedging

So that you never find yourself in the position of having to chase after your account, we would like to give you tips.

1. Two factor authentication

Turn on two-factor authentication on all your social media channels. Additionally, use two-factor authentication for your email account that you used for your social media accounts.

Every time before you log in to Insta, you will receive a text message (free of charge) with a 4-digit pin. You then always have to enter this in addition to the password. This means that hackers cannot get into your account if they have your email and password! As an alternative to the SMS code, many social media platforms also offer an app for two-factor authentication.

It's like online banking when you receive a code via an app or via SMS. Easy and really protects directly!

2. Be careful with the email

You have registered with an email address for all social media accounts. This should not be the same as your contact email that you provide publicly. Hackers can easily get to your contact email via so-called web crawling, since it is public. Therefore, this contact email should not be identical to the registration email. How to use your contact email e.g. You can see how to change it to Insta in the following video:

3. Turn on head

You should be careful with every email that seems strange to you or that directly requires you to enter personal data or asks for the IBAN. Just always check the sender briefly + always question the content. Quite often the domain doesn't really sound professional.

4. SSL encryption for websites

Check websites to see whether SSL encryption is there. You can recognize a secure and encrypted connection in the web browser by the small lock at the top left in the URL bar.

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