Tipster Alessandro Paluzzi has left a recent Tweet that hints at Instagram’s possible roll-out of using WhatsApp for its two-factor authentication codes.
Since both apps are owned by the same parent company- Facebook, new reports suggest that Instagram may now be testing one such feature to enhance safety and introduce two-factor authentication using WhatsApp.
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) May 22, 2021
According to the screenshots posted by Paluzzi, there’s an option for the user to select WhatsApp as the medium to receive the passcode. Two-factor authentication is a security feature that helps protect the user’s Instagram account and password. If the user sets up two-factor authentication, they will receive a notification or be asked to enter a special login code when someone tries logging into their account from a device the app doesn’t recognize.
If the user opts for this two-factor authentication via WhatsApp, they will receive the passcode on WhatsApp along with the SMS. However, this new feature will be optional, according to a report by WABetaInfo, a website that tracks features in the beta version of WhatsApp.
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.” If users don’t feel safe, they can always enable the app authentication to generate 2FA codes, according to Paluzzi.