The Snappening

The Snappening: Massive leak exposes thousands of nude photos and videos

By on October 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

The Snappening: Massive leak exposes thousands of nude photos and videos

It looks like celebrities aren’t the only targets for hackers in search of nude photos and videos. Following a series of iCloud hacks dubbed “The Fappening” that led to the release of hundreds of nude and risqué celebrity photos, hundreds of thousands of Snapchat users will wake up on Friday morning to find that their private images and video clips have been stolen and leaked on the web. Snapchat allows users to exchange photo and video messages that are automatically erased after a period of time, but many people utilize third-party Snapchat clients that automatically save the images and videos before they are deleted.

As it turns out, at least one of those third-party clients has been hacked, and the perpetrators have been saving each and every piece of media viewed with its service for the past two years. Now, all of those photos and videos have been leaked. More →

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Snapkeep Saves Snapchat Photos and Videos

Now you have another way to circumvent Snapchat’s core privacy features

By on July 29, 2014 at 9:10 PM.

Now you have another way to circumvent Snapchat’s core privacy features

In theory, Snapchat users should not be able to save any of the shared photos and messages in the app, but there are some ways files can still be saved, defying Snapchat’s core feature. One such trick is Snapkeep, The Daily Dot reveals, an app that lets users open any shared content from Snapchat. More →

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Snapchat Location-based Stickers

Snapchat’s latest new feature is actually fairly brilliant

By on July 2, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Snapchat’s latest new feature is actually fairly brilliant

Snapchat is a hugely popular app, but its utility is relatively narrow: chat with your friends, send pictures that disappear (but not really), repeat. As the mobile messaging space continues to heat up, however, Snapchat is beginning to play with some new features that might help separate it from the pack and keep it on top of its niche within the messaging category. And as it turns out, the latest feature Snapchat is toying with is actually fairly smart. More →

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Snapchat FTC Privacy Lawsuit

Yes, Snapchat misled you about how private your snaps are

By on May 8, 2014 at 3:27 PM.

Yes, Snapchat misled you about how private your snaps are

Gee, what a shock: Your Snapchat snaps don’t really “disappear forever” after all. The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it had reached a settlement with Snapchat in which it said that Snapchat’s marketing claim that any pictures sent over its app would “disappear forever” was simply misleading. One issue, says the FTC, is that Snapchat’s “disappear forever” promise is one that it simply cannot keep, especially when there are several third-party applications out there let you capture and keep any pictures and videos sent over the app. More →

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Snapchat Update Text Message Saving

Snapchat just made itself a little more useless

By on May 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Snapchat just made itself a little more useless

This can’t be emphasized enough: You really shouldn’t expect everything you send over Snapchat to remain private. The New York Times points out that Snapchat has added a new feature in its latest update that will let you easily save any text message that you receive over the service, which is something that you traditionally haven’t been able to do for the pictures that are sent through the app. More →

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Snapchat Video Chat and Messaging

Video: Snapchat update makes the app even more useful

By on May 1, 2014 at 6:17 PM.

Video: Snapchat update makes the app even more useful

The photo-messaging Snapchat app has been updated with two very useful features that allow users to do more than just share images and videos. Snapchat will now offer support for text messaging and video chatting, allowing users to engage in deeper conversations. More →

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iOS Jailbreak Tweak Snapchat

New iOS tweak completely wrecks Snapchat’s entire reason for existing

By on February 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM.

New iOS tweak completely wrecks Snapchat’s entire reason for existing

Why has Snapchat become so popular? That’s easy: Because it gives people a way to send messages that will be automatically destroyed soon after recipients open them, which means that you can send people confidential information without fear of it getting passed around. However, Cult of Mac points out that a new iOS tweak has the potential to gravely undermine Snapchat’s central appeal because it allows Snapchat users to save the snaps that others have sent them for future reference. More →

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Snapchat Security Verify Account Hack

Snapchat increases security measures following massive security breach

By on January 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Snapchat increases security measures following massive security breach

Ever since 4.6 million Snapchat users were subjected to a leak that threatened to reveal their phone numbers, the team behind the app has been scrambling to repair both the vulnerabilities of Snapchat and the image of their company. It started with an apology and an update, one which allowed users to opt out of the “Find Friends” feature that gave hackers the opportunity to corral millions of phone numbers in the first place. More →

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How to Save Snapchat Photos Android

How to silently and automatically save every Snapchat message

By on January 17, 2014 at 1:57 PM.

How to silently and automatically save every Snapchat message

Even though Snapchat’s main feature is to offer users an ephemeral photo sharing service, thus allowing them to share pictures and videos of personal stuff that can’t be saved on the sender’s device and are only available for a limited time, the system can be gamed. Those interested in saving Snapchats are already able to save images, although the procedures aren’t necessarily straightforward, and some of those methods that actually work may end up alerting the sender that an image has been saved. But for Android users, now there’s an app that automatically saves every Snapchat you receive, and the app runs in the background doing all the hard work while you actually use the Snapchat app as you would normally do, or at least that’s what PhoneArena says. More →

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Snapchat Leak Remove Phone Number

Snapchat apologizes for massive breach, finally give users option to protect themselves

By on January 9, 2014 at 11:39 AM.

Snapchat apologizes for massive breach, finally give users option to protect themselves

The massive Snapchat leak that helped ring in the new year gave many users quite a scare, but the response from the team at Snapchat was even more worrisome. With over 4.6 million phone numbers leaked online, Snapchat admitted that it knew about the security flaw in its program that left it exposed to the breach for months, but had failed to provide a fix. Now, more than a week after the hack, Snapchat has finally updated its app to allow users to opt out of the “Find Friends” feature, effectively disconnecting phone numbers from usernames for those who prefer to err on the side of caution. More →

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Confide iOS App Encrypted Messages

Confide app sends self-destructing messages that can’t be saved in a screenshot

By on January 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

Confide app sends self-destructing messages that can’t be saved in a screenshot

A new iOS messaging application will do for text messaging what Snapchat does for pictures – make them available only temporarily to the receiver, who won’t be able to save a copy for later use – while offering end-to-end encryption as well. Available as a free download in the App Store, Confide will deliver disappearing messages to users by connecting them via their email accounts, GigaOm reports, not phone numbers. In order to access the message, users will have to install the application on their iOS devices. More →

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Snapchat Hack

Snapchat knew for months about major security hole but failed to fix it

By on January 3, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Snapchat knew for months about major security hole but failed to fix it

Snapchat on Thursday confirmed that millions of user accounts were compromised in a recent breach that exposed phone numbers and user names. Anonymity is a key aspect of the Snapchat service for many people, some of whom use the messaging app to exchange risqué photos and videos without revealing their identities. As such, users were not happy to learn that approximately 4.6 million Snapchat accounts were exposed in this latest breach. To compound matters, however, Snapchat has confirmed in a statement that it knew about the security vulnerability that led to the breach for months but failed to fix it. More →

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Snapchat Leak Phone Numbers Usernames

Snapchat leak reveals phone numbers, usernames of 4.6 million users [updated]

By on January 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Snapchat leak reveals phone numbers, usernames of 4.6 million users [updated]

Snapchat users beware: someone has posted the phone numbers and usernames of more than 4.6 million accounts on the site SnapchatDB, freely available as an SQL dump or CSV text file for anyone to download. The last two digits of each phone number have been censored “in order to minimize spam and abuse,” but the owner of the database says that “under certain circumstances,” the site might be willing to release the uncensored records. More →

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