Instagram rolls out new security feature to help protect hacked accounts

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Instagram has announced an important security feature that would help users recover their hacked accounts.

The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app has launched Security Checkup to guide people whose accounts may have been hacked.

Instagram has included a number of steps such as checking login activity, reviewing profile information, confirming the accounts that share login information and more to help people secure their accounts.

Instagram had urged users to enable two-factor authentication as it would provide an extra layer of protection. Instagram will also let people use their WhatsApp numbers to protect their accounts in selected countries. The app will share code on your WhatsApp number to integrate the social media accounts.

Instagram has also urged its users to update their phone numbers and email. “Make sure that the email and phone numbers associated with your device are up to date. That way if something happens to your account, we can reach you. These steps let you recover your account even if your info has been changed by a hacker,” the company said in a blog post.

Recently, many users reported that they received links on their DMs from accounts pretending to be Instagram. It was reported that when users clicked on the link thinking it might be from Instagram, they lost access to their account and their personal data was compromised. Instagram through a blogpost has clarified that it will never send DMs to its users.

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