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Instagram may soon start sending two-factor authentication codes on WhatsApp

Instagram Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) code sent on WhatsApp will be possible in the future, according to app analyst Alessandro Paluzzi.

Akarsh Verma | May 23, 2021 | Updated 18:20 IST

Highlights

  • Instagram is planning to send 2FA codes on WhatsApp, according to app analyst Alessandro Paluzzi.
  • The planned feature will not replace the current authentication choices available, which include text messages, backup codes, authentication apps, and login requests.
  • Authenticator apps like Authy or Google Authenticator are more secure than SMS, but their biggest weakness is reliance on a secret key.

Instagram is working on a new feature that allows users to choose if they want to receive 2FA codes through WhatsApp Messenger or WhatsApp Business.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security system that requires two separate, distinct forms of identification in order to access something. It adds an additional layer of security. This feature will be optional and, if users don't feel safe, they can always enable the app authentication to generate 2FA codes, according to app analyst Alessandro Paluzzi.

While Instagram has not made the feature official as of yet, Alessandro Paluzzi was able to unearth evidence that Facebook is working on it. He also shared some screenshots on Twitter showing the user interface around this new optional feature in Instagram's app for iOS and Android. Instagram users will be able to opt in when Facebook rolls out this option to everyone.

After enabling 2FA, Instagram will ask for the phone number of the account owner. At the same time, there will be a note that reads: "Before we can confirm your WhatsApp account, let's add your phone number. WhatsApp will not store any of your information."

To look at it from a different perspective, it will be useful for users as WhatsApp will soon support multi-devices, 9to5Mac said in the same post. It will be the perfect alternative if the smartphone of the user is turned off or not with them.

Currently, Instagram is also working on a revamped experience on the web with the ability to post photos and videos through its website. As revealed by Alessandro Paluzzi as well, the update brings the post creator to the web version of Instagram which was previously only available on the mobile Instagram website besides the official app.

Recently, a report said that Instagram is working on an update to its desktop website that will allow users to create posts from there as well.

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