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Instagram Announced The Most Secure Way To Protect Accounts

It would be a bad question that  are you using Instagram or not ?! Well ! probably you have been in touch with this application since long and love to enjoy it’s features. Every user is getting indulged in knowing what’s going in other’s life and also wants to share their precious life moments through pictures and videos on this platform.

But considering the fact that how much is your account is safe or protected so that your data and information is not getting revealed throughout , you would definitely wants to solve that. Over the time Instagram have been updating it’s features so that privacy concern is maintained and user’s experience is not getting down.

You definitely have seen accounts being private so that only known users and followers should be in touch with them but some other issues regarding account login were yet to be get rid of. So , in the upcoming weeks, Instagram will bring improved two-factor authentication (2FA) system which will be a third party authentication process.

Two-factor authentication (also called two-step verification and 2FA) is a security measure for online accounts that requires a password and an additional code — and, until now, Instagram’s implementation of 2FA wasn’t as secure as it could have been. After security researchers’ many complaints, Instagram is finally introducing the ability to receive login codes through an app, instead of over text message. SMS messages are a less secure way to verify someone’s identity because mobile accounts are vulnerable to SIM hijacking, an increasingly prevalent hack.

While the platform still had the plans in the pipeline, earlier this month, Instagram accounts of thousands of users were compromised. Without notice or explanation, users were being locked out of their accounts, even affecting some accounts with 2FA enabled. This raised numerous questions about the platform’s authentication system.

Considering the issues regrading Instagram security , here are some of the basic ways you might be losing your privacy—

1. It tracks your location.

Instagram, like so many other apps, will automatically access and track your location if you don’t turn the feature off yourself.  To turn off location services, go to your iPhone settings, tap Privacy, then Location Services, scroll down to find Instagram, and choose Never or While Using The App. Still, if you add geotags to your photos, that data is recorded and can give Instagram a good idea of where you spend a lot of your time — which is why you might notice ads that are relevant to where you live.

2. It allows people to know what you like.

If you’re familiar with the app, you’ll know that when you click the notifications tab at the bottom of the page, you have the option to look at your own notifications or “Following.” The Following tab shows you the real-time activity of your friends, like what photos they like, what comments they leave, and who they’re following.

3. It stores a lot of data of you.

Instagram accesses a lot of your data without you even realizing it. According to their Privacy Policy, this includes: user provided information (like your email address and phone number), data on how people use Instagram though cookies, analytics from third-parties focusing on websites users visit in addition to Instagram, device identifiers that show when users are logging in through computers or mobile devices, and content metadata like hashtags and comments.

4. It can access you private contacts also.

If you’ve ever looked for other people you know on the app, you may have come across the Find Friends feature. This feature accesses your private contact list on your phone and third-party social media sites. Plus, if you look at your privacy settings, you might notice that the app can easily link to your other accounts, like Facebook, and can access the information you have on those as well.

But, here is what you look upon the third party authentication app —

To use the third-party authenticator, according to the blog post, start out by navigating to your Instagram profile, select the menu, and then tap “Settings,” which is at the bottom of your screen. Then, you’ll choose “Two-Factor Authentication,” before being able to select “Authentication App” as your preferred form of authentication. If you already have an app installed, it’ll be detected automatically, and you’ll receive a login code for it. You’ll then go to the authentication app, snag the code, and enter it through Instagram. Two-factor authentication will then turn on automatically, and you’ll be all set and ready to rumble.

Also, here are some of the security tips you should keep in mind from Instagram —

  • Pick a strong password. Use a combination of at least six numbers, letters and punctuation marks (like ! and &). It should be different from other passwords you use elsewhere on the internet.
  • Change your password regularly, especially if you see a message from Instagram asking you to do so. During automated security checks, Instagram sometimes recovers login information that was stolen from other sites. If Instagram detects that your password may have been stolen, changing your password on Instagram and other sites helps to keep your account secure and prevent you from being hacked in the future.
  • Never give your password to someone you don’t know and trust.
  • Turn on two-factor authentication for additional account security.
  • Make sure your email account is secure. Anyone who can read your email can probably also access your Instagram account. Change the passwords for all of your email accounts and make sure that no two are the same.
  • Log out of Instagram when you use a computer or phone you share with other people. Don’t check the “Remember Me” box when logging in from a public computer, as this will keep you logged in even after you close the browser window.
  • Think before you authorize any third-party app.   Well the feature and update is going to be released soon and it’s just a matter of fact that Instagram is adding this feature for secure login and browsing over it’s platform and we think that it’ll bring some other features in future for more advanced user experiences keep in mind that you should feel safe over it.

Sources – Buzzfeed , firstpost

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