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Instagram confirms it is currently rolling out two-factor authentication

Finally, your photos and videos will be more secure.


Selena Larson


Posted on Feb 17, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 5:07 am CDT

You’ll soon be able to protect your Instagram data with more than just a password. 

Instagram has begun to slowly roll out two-factor authentication, the company confirmed to the Daily Dot. The increased security will help you lock down your account by adding a second step to your password protection.

Two-factor authentication is a standard type of protection you might already have on accounts like Gmail or Twitter. The extra security connects your phone number to the service so whenever you try to login, you get a separate code texted to your phone in order to complete the login process. 

It protects against any unauthorized accessing to your account if someone has your password. Once it’s set up on Instagram, if you receive a text with a security code to enter but aren’t logging into the app, you’ll know someone’s trying to get into your account. If that happens, you should change your password immediately.

Instagram declined to give any specifics as to when everyone will get this extra security feature. But check regularly, and as soon as it’s available, you should definitely implement it.

In fact, you should add two-factor authentication to all available accounts; you can find out how to do so and why it’s so important with our tutorial here.

H/T Techcrunch | photo via Marla Morri/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Feb 17, 2016, 2:47 pm CST