Instagram is rolling out a new security feature on its platform namely Security Check. This feature is being brought for the accounts that were hacked in the past. According to the company, this privacy feature will make the Instagram account more secure by guiding users whose accounts may have been hacked, through the steps needed to secure them. This includes checking login activity, reviewing profile information, confirming the accounts that share login information and updating account recovery contact information such as phone number or email.
Facebook-owned social media app Instagram via blog post said, “Security Checkup is another way that we are working to keep Instagram accounts as secure as we can. But there are several other steps that we recommend everyone also take to make their account even more secure”.
The photo-sharing app has shared some steps that will make the Instagram account more secure. The first step is the two-factor authentication, the users are strongly recommended to enable the TFA using WhatsApp in certain countries. Besides this, the users can also enable TFA using their phone number, or an authenticator app like Duo Mobile or Google Authentication.
Instagram has also detailed that people should update their phone number associated with your device by doing this if something happens to your account you can be easily reached by the company. These steps let you recover your account even if your info has been changed by a hacker. Instagram also stated that it never DMs any of its users.
“Over the past few months, we’ve seen a rise in malicious accounts DMing people to try and access sensitive information like account passwords. They may tell you that your account is at risk of being banned, that you are violating our policies around intellectual property, or that your photos are being shared elsewhere. These messages are often scams and violate our policies. Instagram will never send you a DM.”
Whenever the company comes across these kinds of scams it immediately takes action against them and has sent notices at the top of people’s Inbox to warn them about these messages over the past 2 months. Although the users are encouraged to report the content and block the account. As per the blog post, the company will reach you via the ‘Emails from Instagram’ tab in your settings, which is the only place you will find direct and authentic communication from Instagram on the app.
The app users can also report individual pieces of content by tapping the three dots above a post, holding on to a message, or by visiting an account and reporting directly from the profile.
In addition to this, you can also enable login requests so that when someone tries to log in to your account from an unrecognised device or web browser the company will be able to notify by providing the details of which device tried logging in and where it’s located. So you can further approve or deny the request immediately from your already logged-in devices.
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