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Instagram joins the two-factor authentication club with some testing being already spotted here and there. With over 400 million users and the top few accounts gathering over 30 million users, it’s high time Instagram enable the extra security layer.
An Instagram account isn’t a flimsy thing. Brands, celebrities and artists use their Instagram account to leave an ever more sparkly mark on the world. These accounts bring millions of dollars through partnerships and the number of followers. Were any such Instagram account to fall in the wrong hands, the damage would be irreparable.
In addition to the Instagram celebrities accounts, there are Instagram accounts like mine and yours. Perhaps there aren’t 30 million people following your Instagram account. Still, security layers to protect your online presence are necessary. Facebook and Google and pretty much every other player in the arena have introduced two-factor authentication. Instagram joins the two-factor authentication club just now.
The feature is still in testing. Instagram announced that two-factor authentication will make its way to all users slowly but surely. In case you’re not already familiar with the security feature, this is how it works. Instagram accounts owners may verify one phone number.
If anyone is interested in logging in hacking an Instagram account, it becomes all the more difficult. In addition to the email and password, the authentication process will require an authentication code. The authentication code is sent to the phone number you provided via SMS. As such, the two-factor authentication may protect your Instagram account from becoming a gateway for phishing scams or any other tricks.
Instagram tried to introduce two-factor authentication before. However, the process wasn’t too secure. The reset codes could be saved in screenshots or penned down. The idea outlined a second security layer. However, let’s face it. How many of us remember where we scribbled down a code or carry it with us at all times?
Two-factor authentication has been a common security feature for a while now. Instagram is long overdue in introducing the new tool. There have already been some cases where the lack of an extra security layer led to financial losses, a load of headaches and thousands of followers lost.
Facebook, the parent company for Instagram, introduced two-factor authentication four years ago. For a brand and celebrity hub, it’s good news that Instagram joins the two-factor authentication club.
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