Venmo now lets you make your friends list private

Venmo has added new privacy controls to friend lists after a bug-dropping incident BuzzFeed News Was able to Track President Joe Biden’s Venmo account Because of the application’s leaky privacy protocols. Application explorer Jane Manchan Wong discovered Friday before that That Venmo was working on new controls.

“We are constantly developing and strengthening the Venmo platform for all our customers. As part of these ongoing efforts, we are enhancing our in-app controls that allow customers to choose public, friend-only, or private settings for their list of friends, ”a spokesperson for Venmo said in a statement. Edge.

To find new controls, tap the hamburger icon while in the main feed, then tap “Settings,” “Privacy,” and then “Friends list.” The friends list menu appeared for me and another Edge Staff when I was writing this article, so if it hasn’t brought you out now, just shut up.

In the new menu, you can choose if you want to make your friends list public, friends visible, or private. You can also toggle whether you want to appear in other users’ friends list.

The new toggle fixes a major privacy hole in Venmo that has been familiar for years: previously there was no way to keep your list of Venmo contacts private, meaning you can view any other user’s contact list on the platform. The hole was bad enough that Biden was briefly mentioned later using Venmo New York Times Profile, BuzzFeed News Was able to track the President’s account in less than 10 minutes. The publication found accounts for many in his inner circle.

While you’re in your privacy settings, I recommend Setting up your Venmo feed privately.

Correction: Explained that Venmo’s previous friend settings are a privacy flaw, not a security error.

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