Instagram Adds A New Security Feature To Help Users Avoid Phishing Scams

Jyotis - Oct 08, 2019


Instagram Adds A New Security Feature To Help Users Avoid Phishing Scams

In case you receive emails from Instagram which recommend you to reset your password, you should open the application and check whether these emails are present in the security tab or not.

Phishing scams via Instagram and other social network platforms are something we sometimes feel difficult to tackle or avoid, even when we have a good tech foundation. Fraudsters always have a lot of ways to approach users’ passwords and private data, for instance, by sending emails to ‘cosplay’ big brands, coworkers or friends.

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Users can double-check to identify whether the newly-received email is sent from a scammer or not.

That’s why Instagram has added a new security feature that lists official emails it sends to the security tab of the application. And therefore, users can double-check to identify whether the newly-received email is sent from a scammer or the company.

In this list, users can see multiple emails relating to security issues that the video-sharing social networking platform sends in the recent two weeks. Also, a secondary tab displays a list of emails which is unrelated to the security issue, including direct message (DM) notifications and updating new announcements on the latest features.

In case you receive emails from Instagram which recommend you to reset your password, you should open the application and check whether these emails are present in the security tab or not. Next, you can choose to read or delete them.

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Instagram's new feature helps users avoid phishing scams.

All of the social media platforms should focus on enhancing their own security layers. In fact, the majority of issues hails from bugs and data breaches, instead of phishing scams. In early 2019, about 540 million users of Facebook became victims of data breaches caused by third parties. In 2018, Twitter advised users to reset their own passwords after their login credential was suddenly changed into the easy-to-read plain text from a hashed code. With the new feature, Instagram users, at least, can feel more secure when holding the accounts’ security into their hands.

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