The peaceful, pastel and doily-filled world of Pinterest is my oasis. My account conveys who I want to be and what I want to accomplish, so the idea of someone hacking it and ruining my favorite escape for me is heartbreaking. Fortunately, Pinterest has updated its security, implementing three new features to hack-proof your account.
The first security feature added to protect the platform's over 175 million active monthly users is two-factor authentication. Fairly common technology present on everything from Gmail to Alexa, this security measure requires that — in addition to filling out your username-password combo — you enter in a verification code texted to you each time you log in. If you're not a fan, you can toggle this feature off in Settings.
Pinterest now also allows you to review the devices used to access your account. In Settings, you can see the smartphones, desktops, laptops, and tablets logged into your account and deny access to any that do not belong to you.
The final feature rounding out this trio is a notification system that alerts you when there's a new login on your account. Users will be sent emails with the name of the device and location associated with the new login. Of course, you will not be notified when logging into a trusted device that you've used to access Pinterest before.
If you don't have access to these updates yet, don't worry. Pinterest will be rolling them out to all accounts throughout the next few weeks. I've been hoping that Pinterest would step up its security game for awhile, so I can't wait until I can access these features on my phone. I'm going to make sure no one messes with my mug cake recipes.