Instagram introduced a new security feature called “Security Checkup” that aims to keep accounts safe and to help users recover their accounts that have been compromised.
The new Security Checkup feature will 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.
The steps include 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.
Instagram recommends users to enable two-factor authentication to protect their accounts. The users will be also allowed to use their WhatsApp numbers to authenticate their accounts, but the feature will be available only in selected countries.
For the past few months, Instagram has seen a rise in malicious accounts that were sending Direct Messages to people trying to access sensitive information like account passwords. The company however pointed out that it will never send direct message to users.
The company assured that if they ever want to reach the users about their account, then they will do so via the ‘Emails from Instagram’ tab in the settings, which is the only place one can find direct and authentic communication from Instagram on the app.