Earlier today, Instagram has started testing a new automated account system to help users recover their stolen account.
According to the company, in case your account has been compromised, the new feature will allow you to send a six-digit recovery code to email address or phone number you used to create the account. If hacker changed your account details, you will still be able to recover the account using this method.
While the feature will improve the current account recovery option, it won’t be completely feasible in case a hacker has access to the original email address. In such instances, a spokesperson told Motherboard that users will be required to take additional measures to ensure that hacker doesn’t have access to the code. However, if a user doesn’t have access to the email address used to create the email address, s/he will need to contact Instagram to reassign the account to a secure email address.
In order to prevent such occurrences, Instagram has revealed that it is currently testing ways to protect high value usernames. In case someone changes your high value Instagram username, the name won’t be available to someone else for a brief period of time.
While it is still early days, the features are more than likely to reach users in near future.