Instagram adds two-factor authentication to fight off hackers

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According to Techcrunch Instagram has doubled its security by adding the two-factor authentication feature.

Formerly Instagram required just only a username and password to login, now with the introduction of the two-factor authentication more to security has been added beyond your standard password. Now Instagram asks you to input your phone number and then sends a text with an identification code to the phone number provided to ensure your identity.

Techcrunch says; “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.”

Facebook (Owner of Instagram) had introduced the two-factor authentication almost 5 years ago, not adding it on Instagram during its acquisition has put some Instagram users at risk.

According to Instagram, the phone verification will be rolling out “slowly.” But for security-minded users, it can’t come quickly enough”

Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 as a free mobile app. It  features online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them either publicly or privately on the app. Originally, a distinctive feature was that it confined photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images, in contrast to the 4:3 aspect ratio typically used by mobile device cameras. In August 2015, version 7.5 was released, allowing users to post photos captured in any aspect ratio. Users can also apply digital filters to their images. The service was acquired by Facebook in April 2012 for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock.

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