Instagram is currently in the process of testing a new feature that allows users to group all of their accounts under one main umbrella.
The potential update would make it easier for consumers to manage multiple accounts by not needing to juggle various usernames and passwords.
Instead, they choose which one they want to be their ‘Main Account’. Logging into this would also log them into all the paired profiles and ultimately smooth the transition between them, which may lead to increased activity.
Social media investigator Ishan Agarwal first reported the feature to TechCrunch.
According to Agarwal, code in Instagram’s APK files reads: “Quickly and securely log in to all of your Instagram accounts with one ID and password – Make one of your accounts your main account and use it to log in to all of your other accounts at once – Your accounts will remain separate but logging in will be fast and simple”
TechCrunch suggests users who take advantage of this update should use two-factor authentication as well, to protect all of their accounts from potential hacks.
The account-linking development could also help to add depth to Instagram Login, which would assist users in signing up for third-party apps.
Facebook Login is one of the social media giants’ most popular services, which many dating apps initially used to verify signups. However, following numerous data breaches, dating platforms – such as Hinge and Bumble – are encouraging new members to verify through SMS.
In October 2018, 50 million Facebook accounts were breached using access tokens, which meant hackers could have obtained data from connected third party apps.
Tinder released a following statement explaining there was no evidence to suggest any accounts had been compromised.
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