Its kind of a strange day here. Frustrated, melancholy and just a little sense of loss. I've given up on Instagram. Its not that I don't enjoy ease of use of the app nor the ease of cross posting on multiple social media platforms. Its not hack proof and after a month of dealing with .ru email addresses hijacking my account, they finally succeeded in completely taking over the account and locking me out. Apologies if you were a follower and something inappropriate gets posted and makes it to your news feed.
It all started with a hack about a month ago. I had to send a pic of me with a code word to Instagram and have my account verified. After it was verified the hacks intensified, sometimes 2-3 times a day. No matter how often I changed my password to gobbledy gook they still got in and took over the account. I was usually able to go back through an email chain of notices and get it back. This last hack there was no email notice and chance to reclaim.
Fortunately a follower reported my account hacked shortly after it happened and the account was shut down. Getting it back will be a nightmare.
My recommendation to anyone who values their privacy and images DO NOT USE INSTAGRAM. If you are on Instagram, consider deleting the account. Serioiusly, its that bad.