How to enable two-factor authentication on Instagram

Written by Kamil Arli

According to the Cnet, Instagram adds two-factor authentication, security features

Instagram just made your account much harder to hack.

On Thursday, Instagram added two-factor authentication to the social network, increasing security measures for their 600 million active users.

You can activate two-factor authentication by going to your settings and turning on the feature.

Twitter, Facebook and Google already offer two-factor authentication.

After activating it, Instagram also provides five backup codes in case you don’t receive the text messages with the authentication code, and automatically saves a screenshot of the codes onto your device.

Also have the security codes sent to your phone or email address

Two-factor authentication is a useful tool to prevent somebody else from taking over your accounts. Someone trying to break in using your password might be stumped after failing to also have the security codes sent to your phone or email address.

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The extra log-in step means that your account can’t be hacked just because your password has been exposed. Here’s our helpful FAQ on two-factor authentication, if you need more information.

Along with the password security update, Instagram also added content filters over pictures and videos that have been marked as sensitive content.

“While these posts don’t violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive,” Instagram wrote in a blog post.

Users who want to see the sensitive content just have to tap on the filter to see the possibly offensive or disturbing photo or video.

How to enable two-factor authentication on Instagram

The only requirement for enabling two-factor authentication on Instagram is that you add a mobile phone number to the user profile.  You can do so during the setup process, and don’t need to add the phone number prior to that.

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Two-factor authentication is supported on Android and iOS devices.

Step 1: Click on the profile icon in the bottom menu bar. Tap on the menu icon that is displayed in the top right corner when the profile page opens.

instagram setup two-factor authentication

Step 2: Scroll down until you find Two-Factor Authentication listed there, and tap on the option. Toggle “Require Security Code” to enable the security feature for your Instagram account.

instagram security code

Instagram displays a prompt when you toggle the security option:

Turn this on?

Turning on two-factor authentication means we’ll send you a security code to enter every time you log in.

Select turn on.

Step 3: The next step depends on whether you have added a mobile phone number to Instagram already or not. If you have, you get a six digit code sent to the number which you need to enter. If you have not, you are asked to enter and verify the phone first.

instagram two-factor authentication

Step 4: Backup codes are listed on the next page. These codes can be used as one-time codes to sign in. Can be useful if the SMS don’t arrive on your device for instance for whatever reason.

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How to turn two-factor authentication off again

You can turn off two-factor authentication again at any point in time, provided that you can access the account.

Turning off is simpler. You follow the steps outlined above, but toggle the “require security code” feature to off this time. You need to confirm the turning off of the security feature in the next step when a prompt is displayed to you.

Disabling two-factor authentication on Instagram requires no extra confirmation of any kind.

Closing Words

Support for two-factor authentication for all users is an important step in keeping Instagram accounts safe. It is easy enough to setup, but only supports SMS or backup codes for now. Support for other code generation options, through applications for instance, would certainly be a welcome addition.

Source: Ghacks

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Kamil Arli

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