Sitting in a room with my friends the other night my friend leaned over to show me how he could see the Snapchat the girl he was currently creeping on was sending him without opening them and even save all of them as well as the videos via snapsave.
Not only has Snapchat recently been hacked but there are also apps out there that allow others to save every singe snap you send them including videos before they even open them. The safety of Snapchat is now questioned as it takes on a new image.
Snapchat was originally made to send quick snaps of our everyday live to those who care to see it. These include embarrassing, funny, or just ordinary things that happen in our everyday lives that we can send to each other to keep in touch with those we care about. Its also nice because we can send pictures to who ever we want without posting to a multimedia site for everyone to see.
With the screen shot capability on phones already invented, there was no question whether or not people would be able to save copies of the pictures sent but that’s part of the fun of it. You can choose how much time it can be seen for and the less time you send it, the harder it is to get a screen shot of it. It gives the sender a notification that you took a screenshot of the picture sent.
Now with apps like snapsave the fun of Snapchat is being cheated. Once the app is downloaded and you enter your Snapchat information you can get a copy of every single picture or video your friends send you without giving the sender a notification that the snap was saved.
Some find this to be a good thing. They like to keep embarrassing pictures of their friends to look back on for a good laugh and to relive memories. I know when I go through some of the snaps I have taken screenshots of they always make me smile.
Some find this to be a bad thing. They question whether the pictures they send over Snapchat are safe and whether other people can access them. They also are concerned that the pictures they send will be saved and later used for blackmail especially because Snapchat has a reputation of being used for “sexting.”
My rule of thumb is just don’t send anything you wouldn’t want people to see. Don’t even bother taking pictures of anything you are not proud of or will regret later on and there should be nothing to worry about.
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