Instagram added two-factor authentication which is now available to everyone. This tool adds an extra layer of security to your Instagram account by requiring a code every time you log in.
Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO of the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app announced the feature on its blog.
Tap the gear icon on your profile and choose Two-Factor Authentication to turn it on. You can also access this feature via Settings -> Two-Factor Authentication – users will be prompted to enter a code, delivered via SMS, every time they log in.
Instagram’s two-factor authentication mechanism is slightly more intuitive than others. Upon turning the feature on, Instagram also supplies users with five different backup security codes in case a user can’t receive a security code by text.
The codes – sets of eight digits – can also be used if a user’s phone has been stolen, compromised, or misplaced. The service automatically saves a screenshot of the codes to the user’s Photos section of their phone and also allows users to copy the codes to the device’s clipboard.
Two-factor authentication has become fairly ubiquitous over the last several years. Google was one of the first companies to deploy it when it added a two-factor mechanism to its Google Apps offerings way back in 2010. Facebook introduced its version, Login Approvals, in 2011; Twitter added a mechanism for 2FA in 2013.
According to Instagram, They ’ve also developed an additional, easy-to-use site where you can learn about keeping yourself safe on Instagram. There, you can explore tools such as account blocking, comment controls, photo tagging and more. You can also connect with support services in your country and read more about how we’re building a positive community.
Facebook’s robust security settings, it was about time that Instagram, which Facebook acquired for $1 billion back in 2012, caught up. Many social media sites, Facebook in particular, have been keen on giving users an increasing number of options when it comes to logging into their services securely.