Instagram Adds Two-Factor Authentication to Fight Hackers

As you guys know, now Instagram is one of the most popular social networking platforms. Around 400 million users are using this which includes celebrities, brands, artists and more. It’s a high time to add another lock to its door.

Instagram is reportedly starting to roll out two-factor authentication today, so accounts will be more secure and less prone to hacker attacks.

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The tool allows Instagram users to verify a phone number. Then, if anyone tries to log in to your account with your email and password, you will be texted an authentication code that must also be entered to gain access to your account. That simply means hackers need more than your email and password that could be guessed, stolen or tricked out of you with a phishing scam.

Buggy test spotted by Wolf Millionaire, Instagram offered users two-factor reset codes when they set up the feature. These can be taken as screenshot or saved, so in case you lose the phone or phone number which you have authorized, you can still access your account.

Really, two-factor authentication is long tardy for Instagram. It’s been a commonly offered security tool for a long time. Instagram’s parent company Facebook has had a two-factor option for over four years. Neglecting to add it has put Instagram users at risk and led to damaging hacks that caused financial losses and massive stress.

If a hacker gets an access to your Instagram account, they could delete your photos, attack your friends and spam the feed with ecommerce products and scam offers.

For the average user, this can be annoying and without special treatment, recovering the account can be extremely tough. For celebrities, getting hacked could scare away followers, blowing promotional opportunities. And for brands, it can screw up their reputation with the public and hurt sales.

Not having two-factor authentication was one thing when Instagram was a little upstart social app. But now it is grown into one of the most popular social networks in the world. Third party apps even jump up so that you could add an extra pin code to open your Instagram. Officially lacking more safeguards had become downright irresponsible.

Fortunately, that is changing. Instagram will surely monitor its test roll-out of two-factor authentication to make sure it is simple to understand and error free. Once that is settled, every account will likely receive the two factor security.

Your art, your vision, your window into your world deserve protection, so turn it when you get the chance.