July 6, 2022

What to do if your IG gets hacked, Alaska Wildfire Season, and reflecting on Africa

What to do if your IG gets hacked, Alaska Wildfire Season, and reflecting on Africa

Today I'm asking everyone who has an instagram account to go my @thecontractinghandbook and report it. Scroll down for instructions. I'm also gonna tell you about a crazy Alaskan Wildfire Season and a story about my travels in Africa.

Here is the contents of my email to the crew!

Dear TCH friends and guests,

Much to my dismay, there is no obvious recourse for hacked IG accounts, believe me, I’m an expert now. As a result, I am hoping that by a group effort of reporting the account, it will either be returned to me or deleted. Those are my preferred outcomes. This might be the only way to trigger the Metaverse algorithm.

Here is how you can report my account on Instagram:
1.Go to account
2.Tap bubbles upper right
3.Tap "Report"
4.Tap "Report Account"
5.Tap "Pretending to be someone else"
6.Tap "Someone I know" or "Public Figure”

I have also attached “episode art” that can be shared in your stories if you want to go the extra mile. This will also show up on Spotify. Please DO NOT tag @thecontractinghandbook as to keep this covert from the hackers.

Here is a link to the pod I just dropped with more details. It also has an update about the over 200 wildfires burning in Alaska and one story about my travel from Nairobi to Kampala.

Thank you all for your help. It’s a shame that this happened but, that’s life.

We’ll see how this plays out and I’ll be in touch soon after. I’m pumped for Season 3.

One final note, because of your dedicated listenership, the podcast remains in the Top 5 in the USA (I can’t see how it does outside the US) under “construction management” and in the Top 10 under “construction business”. That is incredible for a one man show. Zero technical support, zero compensation.

Ok, let’s take these hackers out! Please report me ASAP!

Hey, and don’t get hacked, it sucks. Get two factor authentication now!

Thanks again


The Contracting Handbook podcast is all about the builders and skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen in the construction industry from all over the world. Here you’ll meet the tradespeople who took a leap of faith from working their craft to running the own construction company. You’ll meet people who left lucrative careers to enter the trades. For newcomers to running a construction business, there is a ton of advice on “how to” run your contracting company. For established contractors, you get to meet other industry leaders and get behind the scenes of their business and stay up to date with industry change. Mike Knoche, your host, keeps the conversation interesting. He’s been operating his contracting business for over 15 years in the oddly wonderful, Fairbanks, Alaska. Mike’s philosophy is “we are all experts in how we build where we live, but the business basics and business management are universal”. Join us for this global conversation on operating a construction company, mental health, cool projects, and construction industry progress.


Host: Mike Knoche

Website: The Contracting Handbook

Instagram: @thecontractinghandbook

Venmo: Mike-Knoche-1