I found an article this week in regards to Instagram now offering two factor authentication to its users. The added layer of security was previously offered to a select group of Instagram users but it has now become available to all users. The process of obtaining two factor authentication can be done right through the app in the following way:
- Go to Profile page
- Tap on three dot icon in the upper right hand corner
- Tap Two Factor Authentication
- Toggle ‘Require Security Code’; Select ‘On’
Instagram will then send the user a six digit code to authenticate whether or not the request being made is legitimate and also provide options for backup codes where no phone service is available. With two factor authentication, hackers would need to obtain the physical phone of the user in order to login into their account or somehow steal their SIM card. This is important for users who store sensitive photos on their Instagram feeds.
If Instagram is truly making two factor authentication available to all users now, I am a little disappointed that it took so long to do so. While I don’t have an Instagram account myself, I know many people who do and share photos and videos which are personal to say the least. I’m surprised that two factor authentication was not a built in feature for all new and existing users of Instagram in earlier versions. As more and more people are turning to social media to be seen and heard, security should be a priority for all of the available platforms such as Instagram. While I believe it is ultimately the responsibility of the user to decide what they want to post, there should be a reasonable level of comfort that the pictures or videos shared are secure and hackers will not be able to manipulate them through illegally logging into user accounts. Two factor authentication is not the solution to be completely secure but it is a means to make it that much harder for hackers to do their jobs which is not such as bad thing in my opinion.