Instagram has introduced a comprehensive set of new tools today with security and openness in mind. In a blog post entitled "New Tools for Keeping Instagram Safe," the company announces three key updates: An "About This Account" section to give users more context about large-scale accounts, a form where accounts can request a sought after blue verified brand and support for third party authentication programs.
Instagram's new "About This Account" section is designed to provide users with more information that they can use when considering the legitimacy of an account. The feature will be available by pressing the menu button from a significant range account and will provide information such as when an account was created, the country where it is based, accounts that share followers, a line of that account's username changes over the last year.
The feature will also associate large-scale accounts with the Instagram ads they are driving, a nod to recent conversations about the ad's transparency in view of Russian state-supported policy ads and disinformation enters social platforms.
According to Instagram, "In September, people who have accounts that reach the big audience can review the information about their accounts that will soon be publicly available." When this period is over, the About This Account Tool will launch to users around the world.
The second major Instagram change will offer accounts a way of verifying on the platform, standardizing a process that is giving you almost opaque. A blue-verified tag can be requested through a user's own profile by touching the menu icon, selecting Settings and "Request verification." Instagram will then review the request and ask users to "provide username, your full name and a copy of your legal or business identification," information that will not be made available to the public.
Last but not least, Instagram supports third party authentication applications like Google Authenticator and DUO Mobile, which provide more robust two-factor authentication methods (2FA). The movement is a long-awaited effort to make Instagram more robust against user-threatening user accounts targeting text-based 2FA, which is infamous vulnerable to simacity attacks.
"We've focused on the security of our platform since its inception, and today's updates are based on our existing tools, such as our spam and abusive content filters, and the ability to report or block accounts," says Instagram- founder and CTO Mike Krieger in a statement about updates.
"We know we have more work to do to keep bad actors of Instagram and we are committed to continuing to build more tools to do just that."