Instagram has expanded access to its blue verification badge. This change was announced along with a couple of others aimed at making the app safe for every users.
The new verification process is amazingly easy, simply go to settings, look for the new titled ‘Request Verification’ [it has just been added]. Once you are there, enter your handle, name, and a photo of your ID—and that is all you will be required to do at least in the meantime.
Submission does not guarantee that your request will be granted and your account verified, however, you will be notified when a decision has been reached whether positive or not.
Though, Instagram said the new verification procedure is for all users with large audiences, nonetheless, you can still have access to it regardless of the size of your followers.
“To be verified, an account must comply with Instagram’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. We will review verification requests to confirm the authenticity, uniqueness, completeness and notability of each account.”
Support for Third-Party Authenticator Apps
Instagram is also making it easier for you to access your account through third-party authenticator apps. This is now a bad idea considering the amount of social media websites being attacked every day.
To use a third-party app to log into your Instagram account, simply go to your profile, tap the menu icon, and select “Settings” at the bottom and then choose “Two-Factor Authentication.” Select “Authentication App” as your preferred form of authentication.
Once Instagram finds a third-party authenticator on your phone, it then sends a login code to it. You can then go to the authenticator app and retrieve the code and enter it on Instagram, and two-factor authentication will turn on automatically.
Should you not have one installed on your phone already, Instagram will then send you to the Play Store or App Store where you can download anyone of your choice. Once you have gone past that stage, you will then be retuned back to the Instagram app to continue setting up your two-factor authentication.
About This Account
In the next couple of weeks, you will be able 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.
It is good to know that Instagram is taking all these measures to improve security on its platform. Introducing the aforementioned measures will not only reassured users, it will also make the app safer for everyone.