Many of the social media like Facebook, provide an option for managing third-party authentication option to its users. Now Instagram is joining in the group.
According to the latest updates, Instagram is all set to introduce a new feature in the app that will let the users manage the third-party apps that use their account information. Sources state that this new feature in Instagram will allow users to restrict the information shared with third-party apps.
This new update will let people choose what they wish to share and to whom they wish to share. Often, apps like photo printing services or website building sites ask for permission to connect to your Instagram account. By accepting to link your account with these apps, they get access to your public information like your username, profile information, type of account, captions, and photos.
Through the latest updates, Instagram users can manage which apps can access their account data by an added option in the Settings. You can manage this in the Settings > Security > Apps and Websites, were a list of all the apps, tools and websites that you have shared your information with, at any point of time.
The users get the option to limit or remove the information provided to any third-party apps, or completely remove the app from accessing any of the profile information.
Another update that had been announced is an improved permission screen for third-party apps. This option will list all the data that the third-party agent is requesting from the users. The users will have the option to “cancel” or “authorize” this access right from the authorization screen.
Even though varieties of both of these functions were available earlier, these new methods improve on Instagram’s options and make user-interactions and security more easily accessible.
The updates are announced now, and according to Instagram, it will be a gradual process, completed in around six months. The users will have to check for regular app updates to switch to this newer version.
It can be truly troublesome to maintain record apps that have access to your Instagram account, as the interaction in social media platforms and the virtual world is increasing day-by-day. This new security introduction of Instagram with a new authorization screen that lists what information apps are requesting and lets users manage this will be a blessing.
A previous update of Instagram had removed the “following” tab in the app to make the users feel more secure. This option had provided information about the online activity of a user to all the followers of that account. Instagram announced that this option was not serving the purpose which it was created for, and they are removing this tab.
Instagram is modifying itself in each update and introducing more and more features. The hopes are high that Instagram will soon provide similar features of the mobile app version for the desktop version, like uploading new photos.