Instagram has added another layer of security by way of two-factor authentication to keep hackers at bay. The added security measure will ensure the frequent incidents of Instagram accounts getting hacked will get reduced drastically, if not eliminated altogether.
The security feature was previously rolled out on a limited scale while it was still being perfected though Instagram has now confirmed the two-factor authentication will be a regular feature of the popular photo sharing site from now onwards.
For those not in the knowing, two-factor authentication essentially means another additional security on top of the usual username and password combo that we have known so far. So when a user tries to login using the username and password, Instagram will also prompt the user to enter a security code that gets texted to the user’s registered mobile number.
Hackers so far only needed the username and password to gain access to someone else’s site, which again can be obtained via fraudulent means like luring the users into a phishing scam and so on. Now they need to have some sort of access to the users mobile messages as well if not the entire handset.
What makes the security codes all the more reliable is that they generally have a short life span, usually a few minutes post which those are rendered useless. So for the potential hacker, their task has been made a bit harder as they also need to have the codes in a very short span of time.
The additional security has been a long time coming on Instagram, more so when it plays host to the stuff of over 400 million users. Its parent company Facebook had implemented the two-factor authentication more than 4 years ago, and it’s a welcome relief it’s made to Instagram as well.
Till now, Instagram users ran the risks of hacking attempts that often led to the images getting stolen or defaced, or being used to attack those on the friends list. Hackers have also been known to have spread spam through the feed thereby denting the credibility of the user.
Fortunately, all of that should be a thing of the past now.