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The social media platform Instagram has introduced this week a new “Security Checkup” feature that will help users recover accounts that may have been compromised.
For account access, users will be required to perform a series of steps, including checking recent login activity, reviewing profile information, and updating contact information, such as phone number or email address.
Moreover, the Facebook-owned company advises users to turn on two-factor authentication for extra security and to prevent unauthorized logins.
Instagram announced that users in select countries will be able to authenticate their accounts using their WhatsApp numbers.
Warning against scams:
Stressing that “Instagram will never send you a [direct message],” the social media platform warned users to be alert for scams, where malicious accounts will seek sensitive information, including passwords, under the guise of fearing that the account may be banned for violating computer policy.
“If Instagram ever wants to reach you about your account, we will do so 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,” company said.
Instagram stated in a blog posted on 13th July on its own website that said:
We’re launching Security Checkup today, a new tool to help people keep their Instagram accounts safe.
People whose accounts may have been hacked will be guided through the steps necessary to secure them with Security Checkup.
Account recovery includes checking login activity, reviewing profile information, confirming accounts that share login information, and updating contact information such as phone numbers or emails.
In addition to Security Checkup, we are working to keep Instagram accounts as secure as possible.
However, there are several other steps that everyone should take to make their account even more secure.
Instagram on illegal activity:
Users who impersonate others, use their verification status to hack or target people, or conduct spammy behavior in hopes of misleading people on Instagram are breaking our rules.
Our technology is constantly being improved to find and stop this behavior.
In addition, we’ve updated our Support Inbox, so you can see if any of your posts violate our policies or know what’s happening with your reports.
In addition, you can easily review everything you’ve ever submitted to Instagram, see which posts of yours may have violated our policies, and appeal those decisions.
You can find much more information about the status of what you have reported there.
We’re continually adding features and tools to improve security on Instagram, please visit help.instagram.com for more information.