Apologetic, or so it seems, SnapChat rolls out fixes to protect hacked and leaked account owners. That’s right. SnapChat issued an apology (well, sort of) for 4.6 millions of account owners whose phone numbers were exposed on the Internet after they were hacked. Its flawed security tool Snafu was to blame for the massive account hacks and leaks of account credentials.
Though the social messaging service gained widespread popularity within short span of time, but the fated hacking affair has led many to opt out and cling to its competitors. Considering the odds of losing fame and faith of users, the company has finally come up with what users wanted – an apology and security fixes.
SnapChat app updates
At last, SnapChat seems concerned in fixing the security flaw in Snafu by publishing an apology for the widespread security breach of millions of users. At the same time, it issued its apologies which it published on its blog on January 9, 2014 – “sorry for any problems this issue may have caused.”
SnapChat rolled out some modifications to ‘Find Friends’ feature which are aimed at protecting exposed phone numbers. This new update is available for both iOS and Android users who can download Version 6.1.1 of Snapchat updates.
SnapChat team assured hacked account users that the new update “improves Find Friends functionality and allows Snapchatters to opt-out of linking their phone number with their username.” In order to remove the link to their phone numbers, users need to access ‘Settings’ option on the app and select ‘Mobile #’. SnapChat said that “we are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support.”
You can navigate to iTunes App Store or Google Play to download and install the app update for SnapChat to protect your phone numbers.