Instagram announced a new feature that helps people identify phishing emails that are claiming to come from Instagram.
Have you ever received an email claiming to be from Facebook or Instagram but looks a bit… phishy? Most of us have. To help you check whether the email came from where it says it does Facebook launched a feature back in 2017, allowing users to stay safe by reviewing recent emails sent from the platform.
As more and more attempts to hack Instagram accounts take place every day, a similar feature is now coming to Instagram as well.
Heads up: Today, we’re launching a new feature to help people identify phishing emails claiming to be from Instagram. This account security feature (accessed through Settings) allows anyone to check if an email claiming to be from Instagram is genuine. pic.twitter.com/3UE5kSypM6
— Instagram (@instagram) October 7, 2019
The “Emails From Instagram” account security feature available through the Settings menu “allows anyone to check if an email claiming to be from Instagram is genuine.” When accessing the feature, you will be able to see a list of security and login details that were sent to you in the last 14 days.
Instagram will typically send you two types of emails: ‘Security’ and ‘Other,’ and these are broken down as such in the feature. Now, if you receive an email you can check to make sure it’s ok to click that link.
If you ask me, this feature has been a long time coming and it’s as effective as it is simple, with phishing scams and account hacks plentiful nowadays.