Instagram hacking on the rise with need for more followers.

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Instagram users have been the target of several new credential stealers, appearing on Google Play as tools for either managing or boosting the number of Instagram followers.

Under the detection name Android/Spy.Inazigram, 13 malicious applications were discovered in the official Google Play store. The apps were phishing for Instagram credentials and sending them to a remote server. Altogether, the malicious apps have been installed by up to 1.5 million users. Upon ESET’s notification, all 13 apps were removed from the store.

All the malicious app seem to be using the same technique in their operation. They operate by harvesting Instagram credentials and sending them to a remote server. Ironically instead of their own boosting, these users accounts end up being used to increase followers for other people.

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The question is what happens to stolen credentials? Apart from an opportunity to use compromised accounts for spreading spam and ads, there are also various “business models” in which the most valuable assets are followers, likes and comments.

In our research, we’ve traced the servers to which the credentials are sent off and connected these to websites selling various bundles of Instagram popularity boosters.

The scheme below explains how it works:

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There are several measures you need to put in place to ensure that you are protected.

  • If you’ve downloaded one of these apps, you will find one of its icons under your installed applications. to clean your device, uninstall the above mentioned apps found in your Application manager or use a reliable mobile security solution to remove the threats for you.
  • Change your Instagram password immediately you notice from Instagram about someone attempting to log into your account to secure your account. In case you use the same password across multiple platforms, change these as well as malware authors are known to access other web services using the stolen credentials, you are advised to use a different password on each of your accounts.
  • Also avoid putting sensitive information to these third party apps.
  • Have an up to date antivirus to protect and control the download of third party apps for example ESET that has help in blocking of these malicious apps.

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ESET HOME PROTECTION PRODUCTS

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WINDOWS

ESET provides two home products for these users;antivius2

  • ESET NOD32 ANTIVIRUS which is the basic antivirus for windows and protects against hackers, malware, and data theft without slowing you down.
  • ESET INTERNET SECURITY which is an advanced antivirus and internet security for windows. It entails comprehensive protection with a firewall for everyday web users, thanks to ESET’s trademark best balance of detection, speed and usability.

 

ANDROID

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  • ESET MOBILE SECURITY that is an antivirus for Android devices that provides comprehensive protection for your Android Smartphone or tablet, including proactive Anti-Theft.
  • ESET PARENTAL CONTROL which is our child-friendly app that helps you keep your kids safe online – includes child locator.

 

 

MAC/APPLE

There are two home products for these users too;

  • ESET CYBER SECURITY is the core antivirus. It provides fast, effective Mac antivirus protection against malware and phishing.
  • ESET CYBER SECURITY PRO which is an advanced version that entails adequate all-in-one internet security for your Mac, including personal firewall and parental control.

THE MULTI-DEVICE SECURITY

Applies for all these three platforms as it is an advanced antivirus pack for Android, Windows, and Mac. It provides comprehensive protection for laptops, desktops, and Androids with a single license.

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CYBERBULLYING IN TODAY’S SOCIETY

indexCyberbullying can be vaguely defined as a situation where a child, preteen, teen or even an adult is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen, teen or adult using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies. Though adults go through cyber bullying, statistics show that children and teens are more susceptible to this vile behavior.

 

Cyber bullying has adverse effects on the victim’s life especially when it goes unnoticed for a lengthy period of time. High stress levels caused by bullying can lead to severe and irreversible psychological and physical effects. Many of the victims tend not to speak out of their predicaments and they sink in their sorrow and doubts which can lead to suicide if not treated. Due to the fact that our children today, especially teens, have easy access to the internet and are members of social media groups such as Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Whatsapp, it is important that we as parents know the common signs of Cyberbullying to look out for.

Some if the signs and symptoms include;bully

  • acting distant and withdrawn from normal human contact
  • Low performance in studies or work
  • Misconduct which can be manifested as rudeness, aggression, etc
  • Low self-esteem
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug abuse
  • Depression

 

Having all this in mind, the question we should ask ourselves is, how can we curb online bullying? How can we protect our children from this nightmare? Statistics reveal that 47% of the victims suffer from emotional disorientation while 18% want to commit suicide. Psychologists advise us to deal with Cyberbullying by engaging with our kids, encouraging them to open up and making sure that we are aware of their online footprint. Engaging our children with regards to their online activities will help us advice them their children on the right way to deal cyber bullies and online predators.

parentalESET Internet Security and ESET Smart Security Premium contain parental control, social media scanner, webcam protection and a personal firewall. With the help of age based filters, ESET parental control for windows and android can help you decide which apps your children can – and cannot – use on their Android mobile device, and block access to harmful websites.

 

In addition to that, you can use ESET to regulate how much time they spend playing games and browsing the web – and check their location at any time. ESET Social media scanner extends security to your Twitter and Facebook accounts protecting your profile and posts.

ESET Webcam protection on the other hand constantly monitors all the processes and applications running on your computer, to see which ones want to use your webcam. It alerts you to any that unexpectedly try to access your webcam, and lets you block them. The personal firewall Prevents unauthorized access to your computer and misuse of your personal data and protects from malicious network traffic, blocking threats revealed by dangerous traffic patterns.

In addition to having ESET products installed in your digital products, it is good that you;images

  1. Updated OS as well as up to date installed applications
  2. Be vigilant and monitor your child’s internet connection
  3. Instruct kids on internet privacy: they should never supply personal data and details to strangers on the web and social networks.