Instagram just launched Security Checkup, a new feature to help people keep their Instagram accounts secure. Security Checkup will guide people, whose accounts may have been hacked, through the steps needed to secure them.
This includes checking login activity, reviewing profile information, confirming the accounts that share login information and updating account recovery contact information such as phone number or email.
Security Checkup is another way that Instagram is working to keep Instagram accounts as secure as possible. But there are several other steps that everyone can take to make their account even more secure:
Enable two-factor authentication – Instagram strongly recommends 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. For more info visit here.
- Update your phone number and email – Make sure that the email and phone numbers associated with your device are up to date. That way if something happens to your account, Instagram can reach you. These steps let you recover your account even if your info has been changed by a hacker. For more info visit here.
- Instagram will never send you a DM – Over the past few months, there is a rise in malicious accounts DMing people to try and access sensitive information like account passwords. They may tell you that your account is at risk of being banned, that you are violating policies around intellectual property, or that your photos are being shared elsewhere. These messages are often scams. Instagram will never send you a DM.
- Report content and accounts you find questionable
- 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 Instagram doesn’t recognize. These alerts will tell you which device tried logging in and where it’s located. You can approve or deny the request immediately from your already logged in devices.
Visit help.instagram.com for more resources.