Summary:

Snapchat just got a little safer thanks to a friendly ghost.

Snapchat verifcation
photo: Gigaom

It’s no secret that Snapchat has had issues with security. The company suffered a massive data breach back in December in which 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers were compromised, and just last week noted that there’s been a recent uptick in spam. According to TechCrunch, though, it looks like the “ephemeral messaging” company has come up with a better way to distinguish real users from spam accounts.

Snapchat’s new security measure involves a now familiar face – the company’s ghost mascot. When new users download the app and sign up for the service, they are now shown nine images and must select all of the images containing an image of the Snapchat ghost. The new screen looks like this:

Snapchat ghost verification

This should help weed out the real users from the bots. The company has also started to use server-side checks that require a user to verify their phone number in order to use the app’s Find Friends feature. Snapchat already required phone number verification, but there was previously no check on the server’s end to see if the accounts were actually verified.

With both of these security measures in place, Snapchat should now be a little bit safer for all its members. If you’re still worried, though, you can always opt out of linking your phone number.

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