WATCH OUT for a new notification coming to Instagram soon.
The Meta-owned app is testing some new tools to step up the fight against hackers and impersonators.
Instagram has announced that it will warn you about any accounts asking you to follow you if they are suspected of impersonating someone else.
The company also plans alerts for fake companies that will send you a direct message.
That is expected to land in the coming months.
All of this is part of a huge increase in security on the platform.
Another big area it targets is hacked accounts, which can be an extremely worrying experience.
Instagram has launched a brand new support service for anyone who believes they have been hacked and are therefore unable to access their account.
Instagram.com/hacked serves as a “new, comprehensive destination that people can rely on to report and resolve account access issues.”
“We know that losing access to your Instagram account can be stressful, so we want to make sure people have multiple ways to get their accounts back if they lose access,” Instagram explained in a blog post.
One of the ways that could help is something the company started testing earlier this year.
It allows people to ask their friends to verify their identity to regain access to their account.
Simply select two Instagram friends to verify your identity and get back in.
Instagram also shared that it now shows the blue Verified badge for verified accounts in more places than before.
Apparently, this allows you to “quickly determine if the account you’re interacting with is authentic”.
The verified badge will now appear in Stories and DMs and will soon appear in Feed as well.
“In addition to new account support and recovery methods, we are testing ways to prevent hacking on Instagram before it happens,” the company said.
“First, we are removing accounts that our automated systems deem malicious, including those impersonating others, which violates our Community Guidelines.
“Second, we’re now testing sending alerts when an account we suspect is impersonating someone wants to follow you, because attackers often don’t use accounts maliciously right away.”
So keep an eye out for them as they will arrive sometime in the new year.
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