Facebook appears to be working on a new security feature for its photo-sharing platform, Instagram. We’re talking about a small yet major change in two-factor authentication. When it comes to security, the 2FA method has widely been adopted since its initial release. Instagram also offers multiple ways to implement the 2FA method on your account. The app allows you to use 2FA through an authenticator app, text message, login request, and backup codes.
Instagram might soon send 2FA codes to your WhatsApp account!
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) May 22, 2021
Facebook will soon allow users to send 2FA codes to their WhatsApp account. This new information is coming from a popular leaker Alessandro Paluzzi. The leaker has also posted screenshots showcasing the feature. As you can see, there’s a WhatsApp option now under the list of ‘How You Get Authentication Codes’. The description mentions that you need to first enable SMS and then the code will arrive on your WhatsApp. Of course, you will need to connect your WhatsApp account to Instagram to make use of this upcoming feature.
Of course, this feature is going to be optional so if you have any concern over privacy, you can decide to stay away from it. The feature is currently in the development stage meaning there’s no clue as to when it will make its way to the Android or iOS app. It would be interesting to see how well the feature will be received whenever it goes official. Personally, I would still prefer to use my authenticator app over getting 2FA codes on WhatsApp.
Apart from this, Facebook is also working on an improved user experience for Instagram on the web. The new redesign will allow users to post photos and videos from the web version of the platform. Well, these are something that you can not do as of now. Apart from this, you’ll also get other features such as cropping the image, applying filters, setting up a description, and more. Basically, we’re looking at the same user experience of post creation that you get on mobile apps.