Instagram Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Fight Hackers


Finally the image sharing social network has started rolling out the two-factor authentication for all those accounts contributed by Instagram. Now at 400 million users including celebrities, artists and barnds making a living and Instagram accounts are worth stealing, so this time around to add another lock to its doors. Today, Instagram confirmed that it has started rolling out two-factor authentication.

In November it was said that “Instagram needs Two-Factor Authentication“, and now its live online. The tool allows users to verify a phone number, and if anyone tries to log into your Instagram account with your email and password, right away you’ll be texted an authentication code that must also be entered to gain complete access to your profile. Well! That means hackers need more than your mail ID or passcode that could be guessed, stoled, or tricked out of you with phishing scam.

instagram-two-factor-authenticationInstagram also offered users two-factor reset code when they set up the feature. Where that can be screenshotted or saved so in case you loose the phone or phone number with which you’re authorized, you can still access your account. For now, really, the two factor authentication is long overdue for Instagram, and commonly offered security tool for a long time.

Facebook, Instagram’s parent company has had a two-factor option for over four years. Neglecting to add it has put Instagram users at big risk, and led to damaging hacks that caused financial losses and massive stress. Whay that? If any hacker gets access to your Instagram account, which could result in removal of your photos, attack your friends, and spam the feed with ecommerce products and scam offers etc.

This can be very annoying for an average user, and without special treatment, recovering the account can be extremely hard. For instance, take celebrities getting hacked, could scare away followers, squandering promotional opportunities. Brands, can also be affected with the public reputation and hurt sales.

Instagram, not having two-factor authentication was one big thing when it was a little upstart social app. But it’s grown now up into one of the most popular social networks in the world. Third-party apps can even add an extra pincode to open your Instagram account. Officially lacking more safegaurds had become downright irresponsible.

Nevertheless, that’s changing now. Instagram will definitely monitor its test roll-out of two-factor authentication to make sure it’s simple to understand and a whole bug-free social site. Once done, every Instagram credential will likely receive the two-factor security.

What do you think about Instagram’s two-factor authentication?

(Thanks: TechCrunch)