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Hackers clone accounts on Instagram, especially for professions that are hard to verify.

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Instagram is an ideal platform for creatives, but its consumer protections are questionable at best. Cloned and hijacked accounts remain a major issue, especially when it comes to accounts focused on non-mainstream spirituality.

This week, author Michelle Tea told us about a scammer who tried to make a quick buck on the strength of her hard-earned reputation and skill reading Tarot. She managed to reclaim her identity by getting verified, but she’s one of a very lucky few and only because she was an established author.

In addition to Michelle’s story, you can hear the first installment of a segment we’re calling “The Tin Foil Swan,” where we give you a practical take-away to make yourself more cybersecure.

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Read the transcript here.

About the Hosts

Adam Levin is the former Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, serial entrepreneur and author of Swiped, which he wrote with his sidekick, writer and cyber mensch, Beau Friedlander. With expert commentary from Travis “Here’s What Actually Happened” Taylor, the show gets everything sorted out—or not—but either way you’re going to have a great time. Something weird happen to you? We’ve got your back.


What the Hack with Adam Levin is a production of Loud Tree Media and is produced by Andrew Steven.

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