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Instagram Finally Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Fight Hackers | TechCrunch

The tool allows users to verify a phone number. Then, if anyone tries to log into your account with your email and password, you’ll be texted an authentication code that must also be entered to gain access to your account. That means hackers need more than your email and password that could be guessed, stolen, or tricked out of you with a phishing scam.

 

In one early, buggy test spotted by Wolf Millionaire, Instagram offered users two-factor reset codes when they set up the feature. These can be screenshotted or saved so in case you lose the phone or phone number you’ve authorized, you can still access your account.

 

Really, two-factor authentication is long overdue for Instagram. It’s been a commonly offered security tool for a long time. Instagram’s parent company has had a two-factor option for over four years. Neglecting to add it has put Instagram users at risk, and led to damaging hacks that caused financial losses and massive stress.

 

If a hacker gets access to your Instagram account, they could delete your photos, attack your friends, and spam the feed with ecommerce products and scam offers.

 

The tool allows Instagram users to verify a phone number. Then, if anyone tries to log into your account with your email and password, you’ll be texted an authentication code that must also be entered to gain access to your account. That means hackers need more than your email and password that could be guessed, stolen, or tricked out of you with a phishing scam.

Instagram accounts are worth stealing. Now at 400 million users including celebrities, brands, and artists making a living, it’s time to add another lock to its doors. In November I wrote that “Seriously, Instagram Needs Two-Factor Authentication”, and a tipster just told me they’ve spotted it in testing. Today, Instagram confirmed to me that it’s beginning to roll out two-factor authentication.

 

 

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