Starting this December 3rd, Instagram will revamp its security restrictions concerning third-party apps by modifying its Application Program Interface, or API.
Due to the recent growth of third-party apps that allow users to use Instagram on PC desktops or I-pads, devices that currently do not support the app, the company will deprecate the endpoints /uses/self/feed and /media/popular in order to ensure a higher grade of security for its users. Considering that you may not know if these third-party apps may take images from your account in order to use them on various sites without your approval, this change comes with a sigh of relief from almost all Instagram lovers.
Programs such as Flow and Particular for the I-pad and Itsdagram and Webstagram for PC will cease to function coming this December. This change will remain active until the third-parties who developed these applications can prove their worth and necessity by going through a review process held by Instagram.
This app shutdown is not very detrimental to the normal users of Instagram, considering that only 0.5% of the staggering 400 million users currently use third-party programs. But by doing so, Instagram hopes to achieve a more secure and gated community.
Another reasons for this API change is to build a better working environment for more useful apps, essentially destroying the apps that are currently doing nothing to further enhance the user experience of Instagram fans.
Because of the growing concern that users had referring to where and how their content was viewed or posted, this review will shut down most third-party apps until June 2016 until their approval is either allowed or denied.
The recent security mishap revolving around the app known as Who Viewed Your Profile – InstaAgent which was taking user IDs and passwords and transferred them to a remote server without the users ever knowing about it, may have triggered this drastic response from the company. By ensuring that spam coming from these third-party apps and the security problems that come along with them are no longer an issue, the Instagram environment will surely become a better place for everyone, users and developers alike.
During this app reviewing process, developers will have the opportunity to work within the Sandbox Mode part of the application, a feature launched by Instagram in order to create a private environment where developers can build apps by using the new APIs.
But the company’s public announcement that stated how Instagram will revamp its security restrictions concerning third-party apps does not completely solve the problem of profile and data leaks that come with the constant expansion of the Instagram demographic. Further steps have to be made in order to better ensure the security of its users worldwide.