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Instagram introduces two-step verification, will blur out sensitive content

Instagram so far had a clear-cut policy to deal with stuff that can be deemed extreme. For instance, media that depicted extreme violence or sex were liable to be pulled down completely. It now has devised ways to deal with less serious stuff, which from now onwards would be blurred out.

Technically, all those posts that other users have marked as offensive falls under this new-found category – where the content does not qualify to be pulled down entirely but might still not be fit for everyone to see. The blurred layer tends to warn the user of the potentially offensive nature of the content and will require them to explicitly tap on the ‘See Photo’ tab to view the image.

This comes across as a rather small but significant step that can help save users from perhaps a nasty surprise that a post might serve to others. This can also be seen as sort of a middle ground reached in dealing with those who might find some posts offensive without attracting the ire of those who champion the cause of free speech.

Another extremely desirable feature set to debut as part of an update includes the introduction of the two-factor authentication method for all across the board. This neat little step happens to be a universally accepted security feature that can go a long way in preventing unauthorized access to user’s accounts.

How to enable Instagram two-factor authentication?

The two-factor authentication feature can be invoked by tapping on the gear icon in the profile page followed by tapping on ‘Two-Factor Authentication’ and ‘Require Security Code.’ This will make it mandatory for users to enter a security code sent to the registered mobile number each time they try to log in to their account. The two-factor authentication has so far been available to only a select group of users but is being opened to all from now onwards.

The need to enter a security code during every log-in attempt might also seem annoying at times but the extra later of security can prove to be significant in prevent hacking attempts. It has already become one of the most widely used security feature and has been adopted by nearly all the big-name companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, to name just a few.