Instagram is reportedly working on a new way of authentication. The company is reported to be working on non-SMS based two-factor authentication that will work with security apps like Google Authenticator and more, in order to prevent from SIM-based theft or hacking.
According to a report by TechCrunch, a prototype version of the updated two-factor feature has been found in Android version of Instagram’s APK code, which was discovered by tipster Jane Manchun Wong. “We’re continuing to improve the security of Instagram accounts, including strengthening 2-factor authentication,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch. Through this feature apps like Google Authenticator will generate new token for a limited time and users can simply use username and password along with the token to securely login into their accounts.
Instagram is finally working on token-based two-factor authentication!!
Thank you Instagram! I have been waiting for this since 2016! We finally won’t have to rely our account’s security on SMS! pic.twitter.com/u0iIPTaZO2
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) July 17, 2018
There is a growing concern about SIM hacking around the globe. The hackers can get the access to your phone using SIM hacking and get crucial personal information through the phone number. This method will prevent hackers illegally using other accounts.
Meanwhile, the company is rolling out a new feature that allow users with public account to manually remove a follower. This was earlier possible with people using private account, however, with an steep increase in public accounts, the company has decided to roll out this feature to the masses. Instagram spokesperson has confirmed it to The Verge that the company is currently testing this feature on its application. However, the company declined to provide any other information regarding the same. Instagram notes that users will not be notified when they are removed from the follower list.