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Snapchat increases security measures following massive security breach

Snapchat Security Verify Account Hack

Ever since 4.6 million Snapchat users were subjected to a leak that threatened to reveal their phone numbers, the team behind the app has been scrambling to repair both the vulnerabilities of Snapchat and the image of their company. It started with an apology and an update, one which allowed users to opt out of the “Find Friends” feature that gave hackers the opportunity to corral millions of phone numbers in the first place.

According to TechCrunch, Snapchat took its security measures a step further recently by adding a Captcha-like test which requires users to verify their accounts by selecting a series of images containing the familiar ghost mascot. It puts one more wall between users and potential hackers, and shows that Snapchat is finally conscious of the flaws within its app. It might not solve the problem entirely, but any improvements to security are welcome.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.