Did you know my Instagram was full-on hacked?
That’s right, HACKED.
Picture this: I was casually in Aspen adjusting my skis, getting ready to head up the beautiful, snowy mountain & naturally, pre-slopes, I checked my Instagram.
Only natural right?
I mean to check your Instagram before an activity where your phone will be zipped away tight in your North Face ( & even more than that, you’re wearing huge chunky gloves making it actually physically impossible to tap your passcode into an iPhone ) is totally normal.
So there I was logging in to Insta when SUDDENLY, it said in red font: WRONG LOGIN/PW.
Bad feeling immediately in my stomach.
Why isn’t my login working?
Shaking, perspiring, sweating upper lip, you get in.
I tried 284394 million more times, I couldn’t login.
Okkkkkk…so I tried every which way in the world to login & guess what? Someone changed my e-mail associated with the account.
Here’s the thing: I work on my Instagram account. It’s not for play, it’s for work. I work on the filter, the aesthetic, the feed, the caption, & when you work hard at something & some random person TAKES it away, it’s highly annoying.
…You kind of freak.
And then you know what else was fun?
When my friends started calling me because the hacker was posting SPAM.
Not just like any spam though. Spammist-spam possible. AKA ‘WIN A FREE COMPUTER, #BLESSED, LINK IN BIO TO WIN’ kind of spam. & UGLY spam.
At least the hacker could have fit a little better with The Skinny Confidential aesthetic. Their photos were so dreadful that EVERYONE ( YOU GUYS ) started calling them out. So funny, so cool. People were like “UM NO, SPAM, BYE.”
Anyway, the whole thing just felt like a major violation.
( For the record, I didn’t let it ruin my ski run, I put on my beanie & said ‘F IT’ & went down the slopes with Michael ).
Ultimately, we ended up contacting the Instagram Team, Facebook, & the AMAZING Jillian Harris- who’s been hacked before- ( thank you Bailey for putting us in touch! )…& with all their help, I got my account back in 6 hours.
The main reason for this post is not to complain, it’s to INFORM.
After this happened to me I was introduced to Sudo.
Basically Sudo is a platform that helped to put the control back into my own hands. Specifically online.
Ever had anything bad happen online ( online shopping, overloaded inboxes, card theft, spam, data leaks, etc. )? Feels like we all have? If you haven’t, you are lucky. Seriously lucky.
Sudo has helped me protect my online privacy & personal data when I’m socializing and connecting online. Sudo not only provides safe communication with custom numbers & email, but it all happens within a SECURE browser. With SudoPay, you get a one-time use credit card that protects you from credit card/identity theft.
This is very, VERY important considering my line of work! Honestly I wish I joined sooner.
You guys can check it out here, let me know how you like it. AND of course, please share your online horror stories? We can totally swap because I have like 10 more.
Chat soon! – lauryn
** the hacker blocked some readers who were standing up for me ( thank you! ), if you were blocked from my Instagram e-mail me at Lauryn@theskinnyconfidential.com & I’ll unblock you asap. X