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Instagram enables app-based two-factor authentication for all users

Instagram is making the platform much more secure with the introduction of non-SMS two-factor authentication.

  • Published: October 10, 2018 11:35 AM IST

Instagram has enabled two-factor authentication on its photo-sharing platform as it aims to curb fraudulent use of accounts. The move is aimed to ensure users and business profiles are the only one posting on the platform and not some malicious actor posting on their behalf. The addition two-factor authentication also ensures that your account is safe.

While Instagram had support for non SMS-based two-factor authentication, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service announced in September that it will be adding non SMS-based two-factor authentication to the app as well. The effort was described a move to ensure that hackers duplicating SIM services are not able to get access to your account. The platform, whose founders recently quit, confirmed to TechCrunch that the non SMS-based two-factor authentication was rolled out last week and it is now live for all users.

By enabling two-factor authentication, Instagram users are technically adding an additional check to their account. It indicates that you are the only one accessing your account and it is definitely much safer than the SMS-based two-factor authentication previously offered by the service.

With the new app-based two-factor authentication, Instagram users will be able to authenticate themselves using authentication apps that generate a code or send user a prompt to prove that they are in fact the ones signing into the account. The process of enabling app-based two-factor authentication is rather easy and adds a more robust layer of protection.

How to enable two-factor authentication on Instagram

Step 1: Open Instagram and navigate to the Settings menu. Scroll down to the Two-factor authentication and there you will see two toggle options, one for text message and another for authentication app. From here, choose authentication app and proceed.

Step 2: On the next screen, Instagram will either detect existing authentication app available on your device or invite you to download one. Google Authenticator seems to be the default option but there are other options like Microsoft Authenticator and Authy to name a few. Instagram users can also set up two-factor authentication manually by following the option of their choice.

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Once enabled, Instagram will ask you to authenticate the device you are on now but there is no need for you to do it every time for trusted devices, once it has been authenticated. Every time, you login to a new device the platform will ask for additional codes to securely verify that it is you logging into the device.

  • Published Date: October 10, 2018 11:35 AM IST