• Instagram confirms new authentication option that skips SMS codes

    1 month ago - By SlashGear

    Instagram is working on a new two-step verification option that will help protect users from SIM hackers, according to a new report. The platform's existing verification system works by sending a code to the user's phone via an SMS, but the upcoming system will rely on an authentication app like Google Authenticator. Confirmation of the new option follows a report...
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  • Instagram will upgrade two-factor authentication to guard against SIM hacking

    Instagram will upgrade two-factor authentication to guard against SIM hacking

    1 month ago - By The Verge

    Instagram is working on a two-factor authentication solution that would not require a user's phone number, according to a report from TechCrunch. Instagram has confirmed that it's working on the more secure method, just hours after a prominent Motherboard investigation on SIM hacking was published earlier today. Like other social media platforms, the upcoming option will let you authenticate with code-generating apps like Google Authenticator and Authy.
    Though Instagram's confirmation was likely prompted by the investigation, it appears that the company has been working on moving beyond...
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  • Instagram is building non-SMS 2-factor auth to thwart SIM hackers

    Instagram is building non-SMS 2-factor auth to thwart SIM hackers

    1 month ago - By TechCrunch

    Hackers can steal your phone number by reassigning it to a different SIM card, use it to reset your passwords, steal your Instagram and other accounts, and sell them for Bitcoin. As detailed in a harrowing Motherboard article today, Instagram accounts are especially vulnerable because the app only offers two-factor authentication through SMS that delivers a password reset or login code via text message.
    But now Instagram has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's building non-SMS two-factor authentication system that works with security apps like Google Authenticator or Duo. They generate a...
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