Instagram Hoping to Deploy 2FA that Doesn't Rely on SMS
Instagram is working on a new way for users to securely log in to their accounts without relying on SMS for verification. Instagram's one-and-only two-factor authentication method requires users to provide their phone number, to which a verification code is sent via SMS. This method is at risk due to the rise in phone number theft, wherein hackers reassign a phone number to a different SIM card and then use it to receive these verification codes and steal access to apps, services, and identity. Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that it is working on a new two-factor system that relies on a special code. "We’re continuing to improve the security of Instagram accounts, including strengthening 2-factor authentication," said the company. Instagram didn't say when the service might become available to the public.
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