Snapchat appears to be stuck in a sea of rough waters. The photo messaging app was the target of a massive hack that resulted in the exposure of. The company later updated the app to allow users to opt out of its "Find Friends" feature, which was previously used to allow others to locate friends using only their phone number.
Shortly after the hack, numerous users began to, which the company insists isn't related to the security breach. While you can and be done with it, there are other ways to avoid spam messages.
From the app's camera mode, swipe from left to right, and click on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. On an Android device, scroll down to the Privacy settings, and set the "Receive Snaps From..." option to "My Friends" only.
Forusers, scroll down to the "Who Can..." settings and select "My Friends" in the "Who Can Send Me Snaps" options. This will block Snapchat messages sent from anyone who isn't on your friends list.
To opt out of the app's "Find Friends" feature, click on the "Mobile number" option and unlink your username from your mobile number.
Was your username or phone number included in the Snapchat leak? Be sure to.