Instagram is intensifying its efforts to combat online deception! The widely-used social media platform has recently introduced new in-stream safety notifications aimed at empowering users and increasing their awareness of possible scams.

This recent update is a beneficial addition for anyone who has experienced a suspicious message or has been tagged by an unfamiliar account.

Here is an overview of its functionality:

  • Suspicious Follow Requests:
    If you receive a follow request from an account that Instagram‘s systems flag as potentially impersonating a person or business, or otherwise suspicious, a warning will pop up. This alert will nudge you to be cautious before hitting “follow.”
  • Tagged by Strangers:
    Ever get tagged in a post by an account you don’t recognize? You’ll now see an alert letting you know it’s from someone you don’t follow. This can help you avoid getting pulled into irrelevant content or potential scams.

Staying Secure on Instagram: Beyond the Alerts

While these alerts are a helpful tool, it’s always wise to stay vigilant online. Here are some additional tips for staying secure on Instagram:

  • Be Wary of Direct Messages (DMs) from Unknown Accounts:
    If you receive a DM from someone you don’t know, especially if it contains an offer that seems too good to be true, be cautious. Don’t click on any links or share personal information.
  • Check Account Verification: Look for the blue verification badge next to the usernames of celebrities, brands, and public figures. This indicates that Instagram has confirmed the account’s authenticity.
  • Think Before You Share:
    When it comes to sharing personal information or clicking on links, take a moment to pause and consider the source.
  • Report Suspicious Activity:
    If you encounter a scam or suspicious activity, report it to Instagram directly.

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