The company Instagram wants to make sure it provides many different tools to keep users safe. She wants to achieve this by providing the ability to receive more information about other people's profiles and by supporting third-party applications for secure authentication.
The company today officially announced three new features coming this week. Two of them will provide more information about accounts, both strangers and their own, and the third will provide an additional option for two-factor authentication.
'About This Account' is a new feature that will allow people to get more information about specific accounts. When the function is available to everyone, users can go to the profile, click '…' and select the option 'About this account'. The screen will display the country where the account was created, the history of username changes, the date the profile was created, etc.
Our community made us understand that it is important for them to be able to learn more about the profiles of people who contact them. This is especially true for accounts with information about events or political and social issues. If you stumbled upon an account in Instagram that violates the rules of the service, then you can report it to us.
A checkmark in Instagram means that the account has been verified, and thus it becomes more official. Users will now be able to submit a verification request.
To open the verification request form, go to your profile, click on the menu icon, select 'Settings' and then 'Request confirmation'. You will need to provide your username, full name and a copy of the documents. This information will not be publicly available.
The fact that the user sends a confirmation request does not guarantee that the profile will be verified.
And now about the support for third-party authentication applications. It means you have an additional option of two factor authentication, which will provide another layer of security.
To use a third-party app to log into your account, go to your profile, click on the menu icon, select 'Settings' and then 'Two-factor authentication'. If you already have a suitable application installed, we will find it ourselves and send the code to it. Open this app, memorize the code, and then enter it in Instagram. Two-factor authentication will be enabled automatically. If you do not already have such an application, you will be sent to the App Store or Google Play Store, where you can download it. After installation, return to Instagram to continue with the configuration.
New features will be available to users in the coming weeks. Such changes will be well received by users. Getting a checkmark will now be easier, as well as logging into your account.