Snapchat Deception

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Snapchat was originally made to send quick snaps of our everyday live to those who care to see it.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.

 

 

 

References

Guarini, Drew. (2013, August 9) ‘Snap Save,’ new iPhone App, Lets You Save

Snapchats—Without Letting The Sender Know. Retrieved from

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/09/snapchat-snap-save_n_3732477.html

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Snapchat Deception

  1. You can always tell when people are using snapchat because they make the most ridiculous faces (in public too). It’s a funny phenomenon, but I don’t think it will last long. There’s just not much substance to it.

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  2. Wow, I’m glad I’m not one who sends those kind of pictures that I do not want people to see. Privacy is extremely important and really hard to find when it comes to technology. I find it very creepy that people can access everything we do, so I am definitely going to be careful with how I use these kinds of applications.

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  3. Snapchat is a hugely popular app that millions of people use on a regular basis, and it only makes sense that someone would attempt to profit off of them in return. I’d definitely agree that in sending out an image of yourself to a person, you are offering up your right of privacy to them. It’s the same as if you let someone borrow your notebook and they found and copied your embarrassing doodles.

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  4. You have to approach Snapchat with the precaution that you might approach any other social media: What if someone else sees this?

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  5. As a snapchat user, I send pictures to my friends with caution. I would never send something I wouldn’t want anyone to see; however at the same time it’s discomforting and creepy knowing that even the privacy of a silly, harmless snapchat picture to a friend can be saved or intercepted by random strangers.

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  6. Snapchat also tells the users when they have been screenshotted by other users, which I think is also a good and bad thing. Generally speaking though, I think we all need to approach out iPhone applications with the same amount of caution as social media sites. The apps collect data from users, and a lot of people don’t think about that when they download them.

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  7. Snapchat has NEVER been safe. You think the app deletes the pictures, but they’re actually saved in files (http://www.thewire.com/technology/2013/07/snapchat-android/66868/). Not only that, but the files go through servers before it hits your phone. Most telecom companies have to save certain data for a period of years before they are allowed to get rid of it, so technically your “private” data is never EVER private.

    It’s important to know how things work. If it sounds like a deal too good to be true, it most likely is.

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