Instagram is a popular social media site. It allows users to exchange images, videos, and follow prominent people and pages with their followers. The app is recognized for keeping up with the current trends and has introduced several novel features, such as “Reels,” that have been a big hit.
The Facebook-owned app has dominated the photo-sharing business since its inception. It is one of the most popular social networking networks, with millions of users. The app started as a simple way to share images and videos, but it has evolved into so much more over time. Recently, Instagram has released a new ‘Security Checkup’ tool that will walk users through the procedures to protect their accounts if their accounts have been hacked.
The new function, according to the Facebook-owned picture sharing service, involves verifying login activity, evaluating profile information, and updating recovery contact information. The company claims it’s another approach to make sure accounts are as secure as possible, but it also advises users to use two-factor authentication to decrease the chance of being hacked.
When you log in from a new device, you’ll be asked for a phone number or an authenticator software like Duo Mobile or Google Authentication. In the coming weeks, Instagram users in select countries will be able to safeguard their accounts with two-factor authentication using WhatsApp.
The Security Checkup tool, according to Facebook, will help individuals keep their accounts safe if they are in danger of being hacked or have already been breached. The company urges a certain level of personal responsibility, such as two-factor authentication and keeping contact information up to date, to achieve this.
They also offered advice on red flags,’ such as receiving a direct message from the company, stating that ‘Instagram would never send you a DM.’This is in reaction to an increase in fraudulent accounts DMing individuals in an attempt to get sensitive information such as account passwords. These accounts may inform the user that their account is about to be banned, that they are breaking intellectual property regulations, or that images are being posted elsewhere in an attempt to gain control of the account.
According to Instagram, “These messages are often scams and violate our policies. Instagram will never send you a DM. When we discover these kinds of scams, we take action against them. But we also encourage you to report the content and block the account”
This new, ‘Security Checkup’ feature is a step in the right direction due to the current environment. The reliance on social media apps has greatly increased, the startling surge in the number of users of these apps makes it difficult to monitor and control activity. Tech companies at times have to go to extreme lengths to ensure their user’s safety and limit phone share. However, there are still major breaches despite the precautionary measures.
Users should be vigilant and follow the steps and regulations of social apps to ensure that their data remain secure. Make sure to report red flags as well!
My name is Mukesh Jakhar and I am a Web Application Developer and Software Developer, currently living in Jaipur, India. I have a Master of Computer Application in Computer Science from JNU Jaipur University. I loves to write on technology and programming topics. Apart from this, I love to travel and enjoy the beauty of nature.