Instagram launches Security Checkup for people whose accounts have been hacked

Three phone screens showing Instagram tabs titled “Security Checkup” that include prompts to review contact info, connected accounts, and profile information.
Instagram’s Security Checkup | Image: Instagram

Instagram introduced a new security check today for any people whose accounts have been hacked before. People with previously compromised accounts will see a prompt when they log in asking if they want to start a security checkup. The feature walks users through security steps, including confirming other accounts that share login information, reviewing login activity, and keeping recovery contact information updated.

Instagram is also planning to add support for two-factor authentication through WhatsApp, in addition to its current options of phone numbers and authenticator apps.

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