SnapChat updated to fix data leaks

SnapChat has today released an app update that aims to fix issues pertaining to its Find Friends feature, after a massive hack exposed more than 4.5 million usernames and passwords

Published Date
16 - Jan - 2014
| Last Updated
16 - Jan - 2014
SnapChat updated to fix data leaks

SnapChat has launched an update that will allow users an option to opt out of its Find Friends feature, which suffered a spam problem recently. SnapChat was recently a victim of a massive hack that resulted in the exposure of more than 4.5 million usernames and phone numbers.

Version 6.1.1 of SnapChat is now live and improves the Find Friends functionality and offers users the option to opt out of linking their phone number to their username. You can opt out by navigating to settings > Mobile #.

Those users who still want to use Find Friends are required to verify their phone numbers before it will work.

"The issue here is the SnapChat Find Friends feature, which allows SnapChat users to enter their phone number so friends can find their username", according to SnapChat.

Today, SnapChat has claimed that it is working on  "improvements to the Snapchat service to prevent future attempts to abuse our API." And went on to say "we are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support."

Earlier today Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that Snapchat is the next big thing. In an interview Zuckerberg called it a “super-interesting privacy phenomenon.”

In an interview covered by TechCrunch, Zuckerberg was in conversation with Stanford University President John Hennesey and shared his insights on topics such as NSA surveillance, AI, and of course, SnapChat.

As far as SnapChat is concerned, Zuckerberg was really impressed with the start-up and said,"I think Snapchat is a super-interesting privacy phenomenon because it creates a new kind of space to communicate, which makes it so that things that people previously would not have been able to share, you now feel like you have place to do so,” he said. “And I think that’s really important, and that’s a big kind of innovation that we’re going to keep pushing on and keep trying to do more on, and I think a lot of other companies will, too."

Source: PCMag