Instagram announced last week via a statement that with a recent update, there will be new tools for users to stay safe on the app.
While most of the attention has been on the new feature that allows users to request to get verified, there are a few other changes that have also been added.
Here’s how it works.
An “About This Account” section
With this new feature, users will be able to see more information about accounts on Instagram that reach large audiences so that the authenticity of the account can be evaluated.
Simply going to the profile, tapping the menu and selecting “About This Account” will yield information such as the date the account was set up the country where the account is located, accounts with shared followers, any username changes in the last year and any ads the account is currently running.
This feature is set to counter fraudulent ones that spread misinformation to a wide amount of users, and these accounts can be subsequently reported and taken down.
Currently, only those with “accounts that reach large audiences” will have the ability to review the information about their accounts that will soon be publicly available.
After September, the feature will be available to the global community.
There will now be support for third-party authenticator apps
Users will also be able to use third-party authenticator apps to log into their Instagram account.
These apps miniminises the risk of a user having their account hacked as there is more protection, and this form of two-factor authentication makes it easier and safer for users to securely log into Instagram.
To use a third-party app to log into a Instagram account, users can go to the “Settings” section and then choose “Two-Factor Authentication.”
After that, choosing to use a “Authentication App” as the preferred form of authentication will need to be selected.
If users already have an authentication app installed, Instagram will automatically find the app and send a login code to it. They will then just need to go to the app, retrieve the code and enter it on Instagram; and two-factor authentication will turn on automatically.
If they don’t have one installed yet, Instagram will redirect users to the App Store or Google Play Store to download the authenticator app of their choice. Once it has been installed, users will return to Instagram to continue setting up their two-factor authentication.
Instagram said: “Support for third-party authenticator apps has begun to roll out and will be available to the global community in the coming weeks.”