Instagram has now taken its drive to ensure its platform is safe for everyone to a new height. The picture sharing app has rolled out third-party authentication support. The launch becomes inevitable considering how unsafe SMS verification is at the moment—the process of accessing your account via SMS is no longer as effective or safe as it used to be.
Third-party authentication has been in the offing for a while, and the fact that it is now available for Instagram users means the test has now been completed. Third-party authentication apps like the popular Google Authenticator and Duo Mobile on Android among others, will now act as additional layer of security when accessing your account. You will be able to choose from any of the approved third-party apps once you have activated third-party authentication login.
You can turn on the new security login feature by going to the hamburger menu on your profile, tap the settings, scroll to two-factor authentication, and choose between ‘get started’ or toggle on the authentication app. Once done, Instagram will then automatically detect the app of your choice and walk you through the entire setup process, which only takes a short time.
As part of the process of securing users’ accounts and making the platform safe for all, Instagram last August launched a couple of security features. One of the features it launched will let you access more information about some popular accounts that you follow. ‘About This Account’’ is a feature that allows you to access more information about accounts with large followers or reach. The purpose of this is to allow you evaluate the authenticity of the account.
You can find out more about an account by going to his Profile, tap the … menu and then select “About This Account.” You will then be able to access information that includes date the account joined Instagram, the country where the account is located, accounts with shared followers, any username changes in the last year and any ads the account is currently running.
This past week, TechCrunch reported that Instagram is on the verge of sharing your information with its parent company Facebook. The worrisome story if true according to TechCrunch, could send shivers down the spine of millions of Instagram users who would now be anxious to know how safe their data is with the picture-sharing app.
This piece of information is coming barely two weeks after Instagram’s co-founders resigned from the company as a result of meddling from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The feature, which is still being tested, according to TechCrunch, is a setting that will require you to opt-in.
If true, your precise GPS coordinates will be collected by Instagram and shared with its parent company Facebook. This could even happen when you are not using the app. The purpose of sharing this with Facebook, according to the report, will enable the social media behemoth [Facebook] to serve you with targeted ads and recommend you relevant content.