Instagram intends to strengthen the security of its application, while three new tools will be deployed in September, two of which will allow us to better identify fake accounts.
With more than a billion users, the Instagram app can be a huge playground for malicious people. After all, it is not very difficult for someone to create a fake account like a celebrity and share junk. It is without excluding also the possibility of being usurped his own account.
It is with this in mind that Instagram intends to make navigation safer, starting in September, on its popular social network.
Instagram will offer us the opportunity to evaluate the authenticity of a popular account, to request a faster certified badge and finally to have a new authentication mode two factors safer than the one already present on the application.
“About this account”, the tool to know everything about an Instagram account
The first tool that Instagram intends to deploy is the “About this account” option.
By going to a profile with several subscribers, it will be possible to have more information about this account, such as:
- Account creation date
- The country where it was created
- Advertising campaigns created by the account
- Name changes that were made to the account
- Accounts that have multiple subscribers in common
This option, which looks a bit like Facebook’s Messenger feature, will be accessible by tapping the three small horizontal dots at the top of the profile.
This information will allow us to quickly detect if it is a fraudulent account or not, while we can certainly cast doubt on one of one if it was created two weeks ago. or if he has changed 40 times of names in the last year.
In another branch related to real or fake accounts, Instagram also intends to make more accessible the application to the certified badge. This will quickly identify the accounts that have been verified by the application.
Strengthen the security of your Instagram account with two-factor authentication
These last two functions are very nice, but they are for the benefit of big accounts. To enhance the security of all its users, Instagram intends to improve its two-factor authentication option.
Since 2016, Instagram offers two-factor authentication, while an SMS code is sent to us to validate if it is us who connect to the account. Only this technique is not foolproof, since a hacker can very well get their hands on this text message.
To counter this, Instagram will allow us to use third-party applications to perform this double check. It will be possible to use an application like Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator or Duo Mobile to identify us on Instagram.
Instead of an SMS, it is a code only visible on our device that will be sent to us and that will make the task much more difficult for hackers.