Instagram – home of a lot of the new influencer stars, hyped photo and video-sharing social network, and favorite app of many people. Considering how many users the social network has, it’s no surprise that it also sees a lot of hacked accounts. Sometimes due to users not taking account security seriously, but sometimes bad things can happen, even if you took precautions and enabled Instagram’s two-factor authentication.
Only SMS-based verification until now
Contrary to a lot of other companies, Instagram offered only SMS-based two-step verification for their users. While better than nothing it also is one of the weakest options. Just recently Reddit, who was using the same technique for their employees, had to find out that it actually can be exploited.
This will change now. According to a post on the company’s blog they plan on adding support for third-party authenticator apps. The feature will be rolled out for all users in the coming weeks.
Installation is easy
Doing so is pretty easy with the page providing a good guide:
“To use a third-party app to log into your Instagram account, go to your profile, tap the menu icon, select “Settings” at the bottom and then choose “Two-Factor Authentication.” Select “Authentication App” as your preferred form of authentication. If you already have an authentication app installed, we will automatically find the app and send a login code to it. Go to the app, retrieve the code and enter it on Instagram, and two-factor authentication will turn on automatically. If you don’t have one installed yet, we will send you to the App Store or Google Play Store to download the authenticator app of your choice. Once you’ve installed it, return to Instagram to continue setting up your two-factor authentication.”
If you have an Instagram account you should definitely consider upping your security – it costs you nothing and makes sure that your account will always be yours.