Instagram Finally Offering Two-Factor Authentication

Instagram is upping user security with the option of two-factor authentication.

tumblr_inline_on8rzrNqIG1qm4rc3_540The security feature, which has already been adopted by many technology and social media companies, has been a long time in coming for the popular Facebook-owned photo-sharing app.

Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your Instagram account, making it more difficult for hackers to access users’ accounts because it requires more than a password. If you choose to use the tool, you will need to enter a special code each time you log in.

To get two-factor authentication set up, simply tap the gear icon on your profile and choose the new option.

Instagram is also toning down your Instagram feed by blurring photos that do not violate its rules but are deemed “sensitive.” The move was a bid to foster a “safe environment” for its users and builds on its community guidelines.

“Soon you may notice a screen over sensitive photos and videos when you scroll through your feed or visit a profile,” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said in a blog post. “While these posts don’t violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive. This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app. If you’d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video.”

Instagram has also developed a new site that teaches users how to keep safe on Instagram. The site enables users to explore tools such as account blocking, comment controls and photo tagging. Users also have the option of connecting with support services in their country to read more about the changes Instagram makes to make its platform safe.

More information on the latest updates can be found at instagram-together.com.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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