Over New Years, 4.6 million users were affected by a ‘leak’ in Snapchat’s database. As a result, Snapchat has announced that their Android application will have a new and exciting update which includes changes to the “Find my Friends’ app. There will be a functional change to the application which should offer a solution to the tragic loss of data, though Snapchat seems to be showing signs of regret over these losses. They have announced that users will now be able to unlink their mobile phone numbers from their account.
Snapchat has posted this change on their blog and has announced that their new policies are going forward. Unlinking your phone should be relatively easy. If you are already a user, head over to your settings, then mobile number (Settings > Mobile number) and essentially, delete your number. If you are a new user, a prompt will ask you to verify your number before you can use ‘Find my Friends’. Snapchat is apparently working really hard on their API to stop any future ‘leakage’. However, as expected, many people do not trust Snapchat and many have actually closed their accounts because of the issue.
On their blog, Team Snapchat replied, “Our team continues to make improvements to the Snapchat service to prevent future attempts to abuse our API. We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support.”
So if you haven’t done so already, make sure you unlink your phone number from their account to keep your mobile number safe. How many of you are still using Snapchat after that security breach? Snapchat is a very popular application on Android and it would be a shame for them to lose sway in the application realm.