**Disclaimer: Please note, I am not affiliated with Pinterest, nor do I pretend to be. All opinions and fixes are my own experience. If you’ve been hacked, I hope this helps.**
Has your Pinterest account been hacked? Last week my Pinterest account was hacked. If you follow me you know Pinterest and I are like BFFs. Having my account hacked was unnerving and, quite frankly, slightly scary for me. After all, with just a few clicks, all my 2,000+ pins would be GONE. Like, completely gone. Something I put hours upon hours into could be wiped out in no time flat. I am not the only victim. Many people I know have been hacked over the past week. Are you one of them? No? Are you sure?
Listen Read up. I am here to tell you how to find out if you’ve been Pinterest Hacked.
Have I Been Hacked?
- Check your profile name. Is it the same as what you signed up with?
- If you have an “about me” with your profile, is it still there? Has it been changed?
- If you linked up a website to your profile has it changed? Is it still linking to your site?
- Location, location, location. Mine said Paris. Try again. I may dream of France but I’ve never been.
- Click the button that shows your boards. Scan them. Are they all ones YOU started? My “hacker board” was added to the bottom of my boards.
- Click the button that shows all however many pins you ever pinned. Are there any that you cannot imagine ever having pinned?
How to fix a Hack
- Change your password. I am no expert on this next advise but if you log in with another account (Twitter or Facebook) I recommend changing that password also. Doesn’t hurt to be safe.
- Go into your profile and change all the information back to your own information.
- Delete spammy boards and/or pins.
- If you have pins go to Facebook or Twitter when you post them – EVER – go to Facebook and Twitter and find the tweets and FB posts the spammer likely pushed their spammy pin through.
- If you have a website linked to your Pinterest and it was verified, hate to tell you that you will have to re-verify it.
Fixed the Hack. Now what?
- Now you get to be paranoid that it’s going to happen…again…and again…and again.
- Make yourself a cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or have a glass of wine.
- Start pinning again.
- Change your password every 10 minutes until you feel “safe”.
- Welcome to the internet. Now let’s figure out how to bring these hackers down.