A user spotted the social media site testing two-factor authentication in its site, and Instagram confirmed to Josh Constine on Tuesday that the company is indeed rolling out the much needed security measure.
Instagram adds a second lock to its doors with two-factor authentication. Instagram announced that two-factor authentication will make its way to all users slowly but surely. The goal of this is to allow users to still access their accounts if they lose the phone or phone number authorized for the account.
The use of two-factor authentication to prove one’s identity is based on the premise that an unauthorized actor is unlikely to be able to supply both factors required for access. While Facebook, which own Instagram has multiple security features, Twitter users also need to complete a two-step verification while signing up for the account.
Things become especially troubling for celebrities as hackers could attack their followers and squander promotional opportunities. And for brands, it can damage their reputation with the public and hurt sales. For a brand and celebrity hub, it’s good news that Instagram joins the two-factor authentication club.
TechCrunch, which first reported the news, says Instagram will now let you verify your phone number with an account. The code has to be entered to access the account.
According to The Next Web, The update is being rolled out, however, it remains optional. In case you’re not already familiar with the security feature, this is how it works.