8 Tips to Keep Your Snapchat Secure
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Snapchat is one of the highest rated apps for both iOS and Android devices. It has taken the world by storm with its mixture of timed photos and videos, while others love the direct access it grants to celebrities and other people of interest 25 Snapchat Accounts You Need to Follow Right Now 25 Snapchat Accounts You Need to Follow Right Now Snapchat isn't like Instagram and Twitter, where you can search for users based on keywords. Instead, you either need the other Snapchat user in your contacts, or you must know their username. Read More .

Its popularity relies on the immediate destruction of messages sent between users. People of all ages use Snapchat to send illicit selfies set to self-destruct after a certain time. If the receiver takes a screenshot of the message, the sender is notified — but nothing else happens. There are now numerous apps used to evade the inbuilt Snapchat alert, prompting serious security and privacy issues.

This is just one instance of a Snapchat privacy issue. I’ve got eight Snapchat security and privacy tips for you.

1. Friends Only

Snapchat sets your account option to friends-only by default. This is an excellent privacy-protecting starting point. Friends-only means only friends that have added you back can see your Snaps or send you theirs.

Keep it like this. You know who is viewing your Snaps 12 Surprising Things All Snapchat Users Should Know 12 Surprising Things All Snapchat Users Should Know Honestly, from cryptic smiley faces to the elusive replay feature my enjoyment of Snapchat is always tempered by the sneaking suspicion that I'm missing out on something. Read More . If you set it to Anyone, well, anyone can see your Snaps and Stories. And that can easily go horribly wrong.

2. Snapchat Is Permanent

Snapchat is built on the idea that your Snap is ephemeral. It is a tiny snippet of your life, captured, shared, and destroyed. Except for when it isn’t.

There are numerous apps available for iOS and Android that capture Snaps without alerting the sender. They’re trivially easy to obtain, and equally simple to use. Don’t be fooled into complacency.

Want an example of what happens when this is ignored? In 2014, third-party website SnapSaved was breached The Snappening: Hundreds of Thousands of Snapchats May Have Been Leaked The Snappening: Hundreds of Thousands of Snapchats May Have Been Leaked Read More . The result? Over 200,000 Snaps were leaked in an event known as the “The Snappening” (a play on the celebrity iCloud leak known as the “The Fappening” Titillating Tweets: The 18 Funniest Reactions To The Celebrity Nudes Leak [Weird & Wonderful Web] Titillating Tweets: The 18 Funniest Reactions To The Celebrity Nudes Leak [Weird & Wonderful Web] Opinions on this saga have varied. We are not here to preach, so, presented without judgment on their suitability, here are some of the funniest tweets that appeared on Twitter in the aftermath. Read More ).

Furthermore, the self-destruct feature doesn’t mean you can take pictures of other people. Playboy model Dani Mathers was charged for body-shaming an individual she Snapped in the gym-locker room and posted to her Story feed.

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

3. Login Verification

Unauthorized account access is painful. It doesn’t have to be. Snapchat offers two-factor verification across all of your devices. Turn it on! It is a very simple security step What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. It is commonly used in everyday life. For example paying with a credit card not only requires the card,... Read More and could be the difference between losing your account and images and having time to change your password and regain control.

Turn On Snapchat Login Verification (2FA)

  1. Open Snapchat on your device.
  2. Tap the Ghost icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap the Cog icon to open the Settings menu.
  4. Scroll down and select Login Verification.
  5. Tap Continue.
  6. Choose to verify via Text or an Authentication App.
  7. Enter the verification code supplied via Text or through an Authentication App The 5 Best Alternatives To Google Authenticator The 5 Best Alternatives To Google Authenticator To improve the security of your online accounts, you'll need a good two-factor authentication app to generate the access codes. Think Google Authenticator is the only game in town? Here are five alternatives. Read More .
  8. You’re verified!

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4. Hide From “Quick Add”

Snapchat introduced a “Quick Add” section. This allows friends of friends, or people in your phone contact list to easily add you to their friend list. It essentially works the same as Facebook’s “Suggestions” feature. However, it can open you up to random individuals you have nothing to do with attempting to add you.

To turn it off, head to the Settings menu. Scroll down and select See Me in Quick Add, then uncheck the box.

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5. Ignore Random Requests

From time to time you’ll receive requests from random users, even if you turn the “Quick Add” feature off. Random requests present a privacy issue. If you accept a request, they’ll be able to see your existing Snapchat Stories, and look back at what you’ve sent. Delete their request to add you by tapping Ignore when it appears.

If an individual user pesters you to add them (such as repeatedly adding you after you ignore their request), you can block them. Tap the Ghost icon to open your profile tab. Underneath, you’ll spot Added Me. Select this. Select the errant user from the list, then the Cog icon. Finally, select Block.

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6. Don’t Openly Share Your Username or Snapcode

Many Snapchat users post their username to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or one of the myriad social media networks. It is an easy way to share your Snapchat contact information with friends. Unfortunately, if your social media privacy settings aren’t watertight, you’ll be sharing your Snapchat contact information with vastly more people than expected.

In addition to sharing usernames, people often post their Snapcode 9 Snapchat Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know About 9 Snapchat Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know About Snapchat is a really powerful app, yet you’re probably still unaware of half of what it does. Most adults don’t realize Snapchat art, geofilters and captions are even a thing. Read More . A Snapcode is a QR code that other Snapchat users can scan to automatically add them as a friend.

7. Educate Your Teenager

Security and privacy doesn’t cover just you. Your smartphone-owning teenager has probably sent thousands more Snaps than you. Even if they’re seasoned-Snapchatters, it is never too late to talk to your teenager What Your Teen Doesn't Want You To Know They Use Their Phone For What Your Teen Doesn't Want You To Know They Use Their Phone For It's no secret that social media use is rampant among teenagers – but what exactly are they doing when they're staring at their phone or computer all day? Read More and explain the inherent dangers of supposedly destructible messages 10 Social Mobile Apps That Breach Your Teenager's Privacy 10 Social Mobile Apps That Breach Your Teenager's Privacy Your children have become proto-adults, beginning to grow up. Like their friends, they spend a lot of time using smartphones, tablets and computers in a way you could only dream of. Read More .

I think the message is clear: in the digital age, nothing is truly private, especially once they hit the send button.

8. Strong, Unique Password

There is a single piece of advice that all security researchers promote: use a strong, single-use password. This advice applies to every web service or application you sign up for.

We have tips on how to create a strong-but-easy-to-remember password 6 Tips For Creating An Unbreakable Password That You Can Remember 6 Tips For Creating An Unbreakable Password That You Can Remember If your passwords are not unique and unbreakable, you might as well open the front door and invite the robbers in for lunch. Read More , as well as how to make use of password managers How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe Passwords that are hard to crack are also hard to remember. Want to be safe? You need a password manager. Here's how they work and how they keep you safe. Read More .

Snap Safely

These represent the best ways to protect your Snapchat security and privacy. There is one more thing to consider, and it ties into Snapchat’s main selling point. Your photo might self-destruct, but the terms and conditions state that Snapchat has the “right to store and share any pictures taken with the app.”

Snapchat is extremely unlikely to publish a scandalous Snap you sent while drunk. However, if the authorities come knocking, they’ll be obliged to hand-over anything they have.

Snapchat is fun. Keep it that way by being cautious about your security and privacy.

Is your Snapchat security up to scratch? Do you keep your Snaps and Stories private? Have you had any Snapchat mishaps? Let us know your thoughts below!

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  1. Nawaz
    October 3, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Can a person record a snap chat video call