Most of you may agree that social media platforms are already part of anyone’s daily routine. And Instagram continuously finds ways to make it secure and safe to use. Recently, the company launched “Security Checkup”. This is the newest feature of the app designed for more security especially to users who experienced hacking of accounts.
Instagram may probably be one of the most used apps you have on your phone. Moreover, photos of your latest travel, your belongings, family members, and others may probably be part of your feed. Unknowingly, these photos and information may be unsecured. Therefore this action by the company is definitely something to look forward to.
Have You Experienced Hacking?
Cyber hacking is already prominent nowadays as big companies have been a victim to it. And you probably have experienced this yourself. Users with previously compromised accounts will see a prompt asking them if they want to do a Security Checkup.
This latest addition walks users through series of security steps, like confirming other accounts connected to their Instagram, reviewing login activity, and updating recovery contact information like phone or email. Meanwhile, the company is also considering adding a support for two-factor authentication through WhatsApp.
All these additional security measures are also a way for the company to address increasing concerns in the platform. For one, there are fake Instagram accounts messaging users directly to acquire their sensitive information such as their password. And not everyone knows that the company only reaches out to their users through email.
Other Security Measures You Should Know
Aside from initiatives from the social media giant, it is also important for people to find ways to make their accounts more secure. And the company provided a few ways on how you can do it:
First, you can always enable two-factor authentication. You can never be too secure when it comes to your accounts. Therefore, this is strongly recommended. You can do this using your phone number or through third-party apps like Duo Mobile or Google Authentication.
Next thing you can do is to make sure to update the phone number and email connected to your accounts. If ever you changed your phone number or created a new email, make sure to change the one in your account. This way, in case your accounts get compromised in the future, you can easily recover it using your contact information.
As mentioned, Instagram always reaches out to its users through email. For updates, communications, or any other concerns, never will they contact you through a DM. However, this is an alarming issue for other accounts as malicious accounts claiming to be Instagram send messages to users to acquire sensitive information.
In case you receive any message telling you that your account is at risk of being banned, or your photos are shared to other sites, it may be a scam. And the company also encourages users to report and block such malicious accounts. You can always report individual posts by tapping the three dots above it. Or visit the account and report from their profile. Additionally, settings in your account that says ‘Emails from Instagram’ is where you will find authentic and safe communication from the administrators.
It is always critical for each user to not only enjoy the perks of each platform. But also to maximize it safely. Therefore, users should always be proactive in making their accounts safe and secure.