Instagram is helping users avoid phishing scams

Marco Green
October 8, 2019

Instagram users who have doubts about whether emails they receive from the social network are legitimate have a new tool that could give them peace of mind.

According to a report in CNET on Monday, the new feature by Facebook-owned photo-sharing service will display genuine emails the company sent you.

Just two months ago, cybersecurity firm SophosLabs threw light on an Instagram phishing email campaign that employed fake two-factor authentication codes as a lure to trick potential victims into handing over sensitive information via fraudulent websites controlled by bad actors. The tool will help users to stay away from hackers that send emails posing as Instagram. A secondary tab lists emails that aren't security-related, such as announcements about new features or direct message notifications. One will display all the emails sent to a user in the last two weeks related to account security and login, while the other will show all emails sent by the company not related to account security during the same time period.

While protecting against phishing scams is a strong move towards increased user security by Instagram, most large data breaches are not due to user error, but problems or vulnerabilities at the companies themselves. Instagram also outlines steps on its site you can take to secure your account if you believe it's been hacked.

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