One cannot be too sure about the emails we receive from Instagram these days. There are tons of emails doing the rounds supposedly from Instagram, but are actually from phishing sites—and Instagram has a new way to identify them. The Facebook-owned company has today announced a new feature that is aimed at helping you to identify phishing emails.
The new method of checking the authenticity of an email from Instagram involves going into your account settings, and visiting the “Emails from Instagram” tab to get a list of every Instagram’s correspondences received earlier from the company.
Heads up: Today, we’re launching a new feature to help people identify phishing emails claiming to be from Instagram. This account security feature (accessed through Settings) allows anyone to check if an email claiming to be from Instagram is genuine. pic.twitter.com/3UE5kSypM6
— Instagram (@instagram) October 7, 2019
Per PC Mag, Instagram in a statement said: “Bad actors are getting better at imitating emails from Instagram, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to distinguish between a genuine email and a fake one.”
Sometimes it is difficult to identify such emails as they often look like the real one. Senders of such emails use Instagram logos, which tend to confuse the recipients—and that makes this latest move by the social media giant a very crucial one.
To find the new feature, simply go to Settings > Security > Emails from your Instagram account. A “Security” tab will display a list of the emails sent by Instagram in the last 14 days as they pertain to your account security and the locations from which you are logged in. a second tab, tagged “other” will display any remaining emails sent by Instagram to you covering the same period.
“We discourage people from clicking a link in an email that claims to be from Instagram if they can’t confirm we sent it. If someone accidentally clicks a suspicious link, they can request to secure their account here,” the Facebook subsidiary added.
In other news, the picture-sharing app has confirmed to Buzz Feed that its “following tab” is going away. The following tab is the activity feed that displays what posts your friends are liking, commenting on, and following. The company actually started removing the tab for some of its users back in August, and is now set to discontinue the tab across all accounts this week.
Though, a bit controversial, the tab is not one often used by people on the platform. Instagram’s head of product, said the tab was not one of those frequently used by users, and not many people would take note of its removal. “People didn’t always know that their activity is surfacing,” Shah said per Buzz Feed. “So you have a case where it’s not serving the use case you built it for, but it’s also causing people to be surprised when their activity is showing up.”