Social media has become an integral part of our lives. Whether its friend’s birthday party or an outing, we take pics and upload it over our profiles. We keep our friend circle and acquaintances aware about our activities.
Instagram is excessively popular for its simplistic and media-only approach. Recently Instagram has recorded more than 1 Billion monthly active users and half a million logging in daily to use the service. Most of Instagram’s traffic is based in USA, India & Brazil.
For using a service with such volume of personal data, it becomes essential to protect your account. Gone are the days of passwords. Too strong passwords are hard to remember and normal passwords are quite easy to crack. Instagram comes with Two-Factor Authentication in order to improve your safety on the platform.
How To Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Two-Factor Authentication enhances your security with 6-digit dynamically generated codes sent via text message. Everytime you log in to the service, you will be prompted to enter the verification code which is sent to your registered mobile number.
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You can set up Instagram two-factor authentication in two ways i.e, Text Message or Authenticator app. For text message, you need to register your mobile number. Open Settings and select Privacy & Security. Now select Two-Factor Authentication and Instagram will send a 6-digit code to your registered phone number (which you can check in your profile). Enter the code and Instagram will activate your mobile number for receiving code everytime you login to Instagram.
If you wish to use an authenticator app like Google Authenticator, select the “Authentication App” option. Grant required permissions to the app. Next time when you login to Instagram, it will require you to enter the code which appears in the authenticator app.
Text message mode is easy and reliable to use. Just keep your phone safe. Two-factor authentication makes you worry-free about any hacking attempt to your account. In fact, I have enabled 2-step verification for almost all services. This creates additional layer of security and keeps me safe from digital threats.