Snapchat suffered a nasty surprise back in October when a third-party app that archived images and videos posted to the ephemeral messaging app suffered a security breach that allowed hackers to get their hands on masses of private Snapchat content.
"We never wanted third-party apps on our platform," said Snapchat's Tim Sehn . "We have created a product where it is more critically important than ever before that we control the end user experience. We've made commitments to our users."
It was a big embarrassment for the startup, even though its own servers were not hit in the attack. Since then, it's been working on ways to make it more difficult for third-party apps to access its content, which include asking Apple and Google to remove offending software from their app stores.
This week, however, Snapchat said it's now found a way of reliably blocking all third-party apps from accessing the messaging software's data. In doing so, the LA-based startup hopes to reduce the chances of further difficult incidents down the road, while improving users' security.