Snapchat, Snapchat Android, Snapchat App

Snapchat has had a rough start to 2014 with a New Year’s hacking and then an unrelated spam fest, but it’s been making strides to make sure the rest of the year goes a lot smoother. To that end, it has just added a new verification feature to its popular disappearing-photo-sharing application.

Snaptcha requires registering users to find the Snapchat logo in pictures

In a nutshell, the feature requires users to find the Snapchat “ghost” logo when they intitially register for a new account (existing users, of course, shouldn’t notice any change). Users will be prompted with “Just making sure you’re not a robot. Select all images containing a ghost.” during registration, at which point they’ll have the choice of nine images to choose from, some of which include the Snapchat logo while others contain similar-looking images that are meant to throw off computerized registrations.

Snapchat, Snapchat security, Snapchat app

This new form of registration was confirmed to TechCrunch by Snapchat with a brief statement:

“We appreciate the efforts of those who help identify vulnerabilities in our service and we continue to make significant progress in our efforts to secure Snapchat.”

These improvements should go a long way in helping to secure Snapchat against any new threats, and most of the existing threats are being looked into from what we’ve been told. It’s a good bet that as the year progresses, we should see even more holes filled in Snapchat’s security.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at