Instagram finally adds 2-Factor Authentication

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With recent news of celebrity photos being leaked online, Instagram has just added an extra layer of security to protect your photos & videos.

On Thursday, Instagram made 2-Factor authentication available to all its accounts. You can activate it by tapping on the gear icon on your profile and choosing Two-Factor Authentication to turn it on.

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Two-factor authentication requires you to type in a code every time your log in. This code will be sent to you by Instagram over phone or email, whenever you try to log in. In case you don’t receive the code, Instagram gives you the option to save upto 5 backup codes and also saves its screenshot on your mobile.

Twitter, Facebook & Gmail already provide 2-Factor Authentication. It’s a security measure that prevents others from taking over your account, even if they know your password.

Typically, if a person has your username & password, he can break into your account anytime, from anywhere, using any device. With 2-Factor authentication, he cannot log in unless he also has the security code which is sent to your mobile or inbox, making it extremely difficult to hack into your account.

In addition to the security update, Instagram also added a content filter for pics & videos marked sensitive. These are content that have been reported by community members and confirmed by Instagram’s review team to be sensitive. If you want to see them, you’ll have to simply tap on that content. This has been added to prevent unwanted experience while using the app.