Posted by Kalyani M. on Nov 21, 2013
Many of us use Snapchat for sharing photos and videos with our friends. People consider this as a secure medium to share their photos with others because once the receiver opens the photos or videos; they will automatically disappear within 10 seconds or less. The photos will also be deleted from Snapchat’s server after the user has opened them. That means the photos are not saved anywhere permanently. Surely Snapchat sounds like a very secure application for photo sharing as no one other than the receiver can access and view the photos, and the photos are deleted within a short timeframe. However, this new app “Snaphack” defeats the whole purpose of using Snapchat for photo sharing. With Snaphack you can save Snapchat photos and messages for an indefinite period of time without notifying the sender. Now you have to think twice before sending anything embarrassing on Snapchat.
Snaphack is an iPhone app designed by Darren Jones who has produced a few other apps under the name DAP Logic. He has launched another app Iconical few months back that allows the users to create their own icons for the home screen of any Apple device. In an interview given to Mashable, Jones said, “I wanted to prove that nothing was 100 percent secure once uploaded to the Internet. He also wanted to point out the dangers in sending images that you don’t want other people to see. As per Jones, he is not the first one who has launched a Snapchat –saver. In the past Sepia software had also designed an application called Screenshot save which also saves Snapchat messages. Besides the above-mentioned apps, Snapchat is also vulnerable to anyone who can take a quick screenshot of the chat messages or pictures. Jones had already submitted a new version of the app to Apple that will allow users to send saved Snapchat messages to other users via email. Snaphack does not have an Android version yet.
Let’s take a look at how the Snaphack app works? First of all you need to download the Snaphack app from the App store. Then log in with your Snapchat credentials. “When you get a notification of a new snap all you have to do is open up the Snaphack app, refresh the app and get the new pictures and videos. Snaps can be opened up individually and then saved onto the handset.” I tested the Snaphack app by sending a photo on Snapchat to me. I took the photo of this vase on Snapchat and selected myself as the recipient. Once I received the photo on Snapchat, I closed Snapchat without opening the photo. Then I opened Snaphack using the login details of my Snapchat account.
When I clicked on the green item on Snaphack, I was able to view the Snapchat that I sent to myself. The image was permanently saved on Snaphack and I could access the image anytime I want. On the contrary, I could not view the items highlighted in red because I had opened those photos on Snapchat earlier.
Besides that it also gave me the option to save the photo to the camera roll, forward to friends and send via email.
Given these developments you need to be careful while sending photos on Snapchat because somebody might be able to save your private stuff from the other end. Snapchat is not as secure as it claims to be. In the past we have seen that the company has handed over photos to the US law enforcement agencies on receiving a court order. While it is true that Snapchat deletes snaps from its servers once they are opened, the unopened snaps remain on the company’s server for 30 days and can be turned over to the authorities if needed. In case you want to share some sensitive information, take proper security measures before sending them.
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