Users of Instagram that have been worried about their account security will be pleased to know that today the company has finally confirmed they have started rolling out two-factor authentication to user accounts.
The new Instagram two-factor authentication system will now provide an extra level of security to prevent hackers from taking control of your Instagram account and causing havoc and accessing your personal details.
Two-factor authentication has been a long time coming to the Instagram service has been highly requested by its community over the past few years. Instagram has now followed the likes of other online cloud services such as Dropbox, Google, Microsoft and more in providing their users with the option to use two-factor authentication which requires an additional code to be entered to access your account from a companion smartphone application.
Facebook the parent company of Instagram has offered two-factor authentication for some time and now reports are indicating that the Instagram two-factor authentication feature has been fully tested and has now started rolling out to user accounts, so be patient if it hasn’t already been made available to you.
The use of two-factor authentication to prove one’s identity is based on the premise that an unauthorized actor is unlikely to be able to supply both factors required for access. If, in an authentication attempt, at least one of the components is missing or supplied incorrectly, the user’s identity is not established with sufficient certainty and access to the asset (e.g., a building, or data) being protected by two-factor authentication then remains blocked.
Source: Tech Crunch