Snapchat have issued an official apology to users nearly 10 days after over 4.6 Million usernames and phone numbers were leaked by hackers.
The California based company said that the latest update for the mobile app on both platforms allows users to opt out of linking their phone number with their username. Of course this comes too late for users, whose information is already in the leaked database.
Users who aren’t affected by the hack can however make use of this to ensure their contact information is not stolen in the future. To opt out from linking your contact number, open the app and navigate to Settings > Mobile #.
The update also requires new users to verify their phone number before using the Find Friends service.
This is the apology which the Snapchat team posted on their blog.
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.
Let us hope things improve for the service and their users.