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Instagram Users Accounts Compromising for Likes

Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family members. Instagram users compromise their own accounts for Likes

Symantec, was discovered that many of Instagram users have willingly shared their usernames and passwords to a bot-like app in order to increase likes and followers.

The application name is InstLike, this is available for iOS and Android devices. We can found this application in both Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Google and Apple have since removed the applications from their respective stores.

InstLike claims users will receive likes and followers for free. But as we have warned previously, these kind of “free” services for social networks are not actually free. In the case of InstLike, the application asks users to provide their Instagram login credentials. Applications that wish to interact with Instagram accounts, however, should instead use the Instagram API.



Actually the users having their Instagram account externally controlled for the purpose of auto-liking and auto-following others. Symanec spokesmen Mr.Satnam Narang said "I have tested the application, right away our Instagram account began liking pictures without any consent or interaction from us"

On Instagram if we need Likes or followers for account we can purchase it, InstLike app uses a virtual currency system that offers Instagram likes and followers for sale in exchange for coins purchased with real-world currency.

A premium InstLike service that costs 20 coins gives users more flexibility in manipulating the “autoliker” functionality, such as enabling automatic photo-liking through custom hashtags. However, the InstLike app deliberately staggers likes of hashtags to avoid being banned from Instagram for bot-like activity.

If a user has the InstLike app installed or not, any Instagram user can receive a bonus of up to 20 likes by using a specific InstLike comment string.

According to the Google Play Store, InstLike has had between 100,000 and 500,000 installs. The Apple App Store does not provide statistics, but the InstLike app is ranked #145 in Top Grossing iOS Applications due to in-app purchases. As a reference point, a popular game like Temple Run 2 is ranked #181 in Top Grossing iOS Applications.

InstLike violates Instagram’s terms of use as well as the API terms of service:

You agree that you will not solicit, collect or use the login credentials of other Instagram users.
You shall not use the Instagram APIs to post automated content to Instagram, including likes and comments that were not initiated and entered by an Instagram user.
If you have installed the InstLike application on your device, you should immediately uninstall it and change your Instagram password. Until you change your Instagram password, your account will be used for auto-liking and auto-following.

Symantec advises users never share account credentials to any third party applications or services. Third party applications or services that require access to your account or information should use the legitimate APIs and authorization protocols 

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