Instagram has launched a new ‘Security Checkup’ feature to help users to recover their hacked accounts. The new guide includes checking users’ activity on the app and reviewing profiles, numbers, and emails associated with their accounts. Security Checkup will work as a protection layer for users, especially public figures to prevent unauthorized access to their social media accounts.
New ‘Security Checkup’ steps protect Instagram accounts from hackers
The social media company has placed four security checks in one place so that users can review their authentication information and monitor changes. Often, hackers don’t need an account’s password, they only require credentials associated with the user’s Instagram account like the email address, mobile number, associated Facebook account to hack into the account by changing them.
Therefore, Security Checkup allows users to check their Email, Mobile Phone Number, Profile, and Login info to make sure nothing has changed.
In addition, Instagram recommends other ways for users to keep their accounts secure:
- Enable two-factor authentication: We strongly recommend enabling two-factor authentication. If you’re using WhatsApp, in the coming weeks you will be able to protect your account using your WhatsApp number in certain countries. Alternatively, you can enable two-factor using your phone number, or an authenticator app like Duo Mobile or Google Authentication.
- Enable Login Request: When you set up two-factor authentication on Instagram, you’ll receive an alert whenever someone tries to log in to your account from a device or web browser we don’t recognize.
- Update your phone number and email: These steps let you recover your account even if your information has been changed by a hacker.
- Instagram will never send you a DM: Malicious accounts DM people to try and access sensitive information like account passwords claiming that your account is at risk of being banned, that you are violating our policies around intellectual property, or that your photos are being shared elsewhere. Instagram will only contact via the “Emails from Instagram” tab in your settings, which is the only place you will find direct and authentic communication from us on the app.
- Report content and accounts you find questionable.