Friday 19 January 2018

Instagram is about to get more secure - that's good for everyone


Paul Mallon

Reports are coming in that Instagram is set to increase their security by introducing two factor authentication - all the better for you

Instagram has over 400 million users worldwide sharing their personal photos, including a host of very famous folks, and it's also frequently subject to unfortunate hacks leading to invasion of privacy and even the loss of followers or revenue when it comes to brands.

Partly this was down to the relatively simple security measures which the service has, just a basic username and password combination which could potentially be hacked or even guessed by another party. There has been a call for years to step up this security and it seems Instagram has finally listened.

Insiders are reporting that two factor authentication is currently in the testing phase at Instagram. This won't make your regular time with the app any different, instead focussing on when you log in from a new device or location. In that case a unique code will be texted to your smartphone that you'll have to input to proceed.

It's a familar setup which most users will have experience with on other services, and that extra step of using the code which is sent to your personal handset adds a huge extra layer of security, and also crucially gives you a sign in the event of a hack taking place, so you can get online and change your password. Extra security for all is definitely a good thing.

This update will be rolled out to Instagram users slowly over the coming months.

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