Remember when that website listed 4.6 million phone numbers linked by Snapchat username, with the last two digits of each phone number redacted? I guess that finally got through to the folks at Snapchat, because the messaging app is not taking any more chances.
An update to the iOS and Android versions of the apps allows members to de-link their phone number from their username. And now, before using Find Friends, subscribers must verify their phone number. Each Snapchat user will still have his username linked to his phone number by default, but is up to each member to opt-out of the connection.
Snapchat was warned last year about exploits that eventually led the SnapchatDB! website to leak the phone numbers. Until this, they have ignored concerns. Snapchat has also said that it will improve the security on the app and it has added an email address to answer security concerns from members. [email protected]
Snapchat lets users send video, photo and text messages that self-destruct after 10 seconds. Hopefully for them, this isn’t too little too late. They may still get some expensive offers like the one Facebook made last year.
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