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Instagram 'image viewer' apps pose a greater risk than phishing websites

posted onMay 8, 2014
by l33tdawg

Malwarebytes has warned Instagram users that downloading third-party applications that enable them to download their Instagram photos and videos to desktop machines could expose them to a number of security vulnerabilities.

Malwarebytes said that the possible threats - files and websites alike - that take advantage of a software's popularity could spell bad news for users in terms of internet congestion, unwanted redirection to websites and possible installation of other programs without the user's consent.

Private photos exposed in Instagram hack

posted onFebruary 11, 2014
by l33tdawg

Private profiles of Instagram users could be made public as a result of a vulnerability that took almost six months to fix.

The flaw would have enabled hackers to change privacy settings within user profiles to expose potentially sensitive photos to the internet, or to lock down popular pages by marking them as private.

Instagram Scam Tricked 100,000 Users Into Giving Away Passwords

posted onNovember 13, 2013
by l33tdawg

Insert your username and password, get free followers and Likes. This is what tens of thousands of Instagram users thought was happening.

More than 100,000 Instagram users fell for a bold, effective scam called InstLike, an app that promised free Likes and followers on the photo sharing platform. The app asked users to share their usernames and passwords after downloading, turning them into willing participants of a giant social botnet.

Facebook hopes to lure Instagram, Snapchat users with prettier redesign

posted onMarch 8, 2013
by l33tdawg

At a press conference held in Menlo Park Thursday Facebook announced a redesign for the News Feed its users see when they visit its site or use its mobile app. The new News Feed focuses on reducing clutter, making visually oriented posts like photos more prominent. It also makes filters for types of content front and center, such as dedicated feeds for posts by friends or posts by pages.

Instagram account crackdown spreads panic, fear of hacking

posted onJanuary 23, 2013
by l33tdawg

A number of Instagram's 90 million active users are in a confused panic after being locked out of their accounts over the weekend, and several seem to believe they've been hacked.

On Saturday, the same day the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app enacted its revised terms or service, Yahoo Answers was inundated with threads from alarmed Instagram users who claimed to have lost access to their accounts for no apparent reason.

Why you should make Instagram private before Saturday

posted onJanuary 16, 2013
by l33tdawg

Instagram's updated terms of service and privacy policy go into effect this Saturday, Jan. 19. At least for now, the new policies will mean little change for users. But when changes come, as they likely will, Instagrammers won't have much time to change their privacy settings. And that's a good reason to consider making your account private in the calm before another storm.

Instagram embedding on Twitter is no more: Twitter photo filters incoming

posted onDecember 10, 2012
by l33tdawg

In an attempt to corner off Twitter-integration from any third-party applications, Twitter has now announced that photo integration from Instagram will no longer work, meaning tweets with images will not have an image embedded in the tweet, but rather a traditional link to the image. Furthermore, images will not appear in the user photo gallery either.

Security Expert Warns of Vulnerability of Instagram to Phishing

posted onNovember 16, 2012
by l33tdawg

Due to the growing popularity and higher demand for its use, Instagram just launched a PC version called Instagrille. This free desktop app provides all Instagram experience from the mobile to the PC.

All its mobile features such as effects, feeds, profile views, comments, and likes are available to PC users. Instagrille also allows the user to search, share, and download photos from Instagram directly into the computer.

Facebook cleared to acquire Instagram

posted onAugust 22, 2012
by l33tdawg

The Federal Trade Commission has cleared Facebook's proposed purchase of mobile photo-sharing app Instagram.

FTC commissioners voted unanimously to close the agency's investigation into deal, once valued at $1 billion in cash and stock, the agency said in a statement. With Facebook's stock price at $19 a share, half of what it was when it went public, the deal is now worth about $747.1 million.