Instagram doubles down on security with two-factor authentication

Instagram is beefing up its security protocols in light of the growing risk posed by hackers by introducing a two-factor authentication process.

The image sharing app’s popularity has increased exponentially in recent years with the arrival of celebrity fans such as Taylor Swift and Kris Jenner but the security procedures underlying this presence haven’t kept up, requiring nothing but a username and password to gain access.

With two-factor authentication however Instagram will allow users to verify phone numbers registered with individual accounts, meaning that future log-ins will require an authentication code issued by text message.

Instagram’s move has been welcomed amidst growing privacy concerns but some commentators have criticised the relative tardiness of its implementation, with Facebook having introduced two-factor authentication a full five years ago.


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