Instagram Adds New Security Features
Instagram rolled out a pair of new features designed to increase the security of your Instagram account
Accounts that have a large following can request verification. Like Facebook, verified accounts will sport a blue checkmark in their profile. Instagram has not specified what constitutes a large following or large audience for the app. A verified profile on Facebook does not coordinate with a verified profile badge for Instagram. You will have to apply for it separately.
How to Apply for Instagram Verification
- On your mobile device, open the Instagram app
- Login to your account
- Tap your profile icon on the lower right-hand corner of the app
- Tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) in the upper-right corner
- Select settings at the bottom of the screen
- Scroll down to the Settings section
- Select “Request verification” (if it is there)
NOTE: You will have to supply your Instagram account name and provide the required form of identification.
Two-factor authentication (2FA)
Instagram also added two-factor authentication (2FA) to help users keep their accounts secure. This security feature adds an extra step to the login process. 2FA is used by many social channels like Pinterest, to help keep accounts secure. But like the others, Instagram also made the security enhancement optional as the users’ discretion.
Instagram users can turn on 2FA from the settings section of their apps. The steps are detailed in this blog post about enabling Instagram 2FA.
Both features are rolling out to users. Two-factor authentication should be available to all users over the coming weeks. All accounts we manage already have it enabled. Large account can apply for verified profile badges as they see fit!
Instagram is a popular photo and video-sharing social media channel. It was launched in 2010 by creators Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. In 2012 Facebook acquired Instagram which now has over 800 million users globally.