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An explanation of the recent Snapchat Hacks

by Stephanie Giraud

Snapchat, who hasn't heard of it. Or rather, who isn't using it. According to recent data the majority of teens now have an account on the instant message photo sharing service. Due to its popularity, it is not surprising that several Snapspy tools have surfaced on the internet. For example http://beastyhacks.com/snapchat-hack/ claims to have a working Snapspy that allows people to hack into any Snapchat account with the press of a button. With the recent media coverage of the Snapchat security breaches a lot of people are wondering whether their account is still safe. In this blog I will give an overview and explain how Snapchat hacks work and whether they are actually real. Furthermore I will tell you if you need to be concerned about the security of your account.

 

 

The Snappening, a Snapchat Hack which lead to millions of accounts being compromised was a huge deal in the news recently. It was the biggest Snapchat hack to date and it made a lot of people worry whether or not their Snapchat account was secured properly. However, what many people do not know is that the snappening did not happen because Snapchat itself was hacked. The real cause for the security breach was that other applications that are related to Snapchat which allow users to save and store images and videos they receive were the target of the hack.

However, the blame was unfairly placed upon Snapchat, even though they discourage the use of these applications that allow people to save and store images or videos. It is not surprising however that people blame Snapchat. The reason for this is that many people are simply unaware that there are third party apps available for Snapchat that allow people to store any image you send to them.

Once the hackers hacked into these applications it was not hard for them to leak the data. And of course, it is a lot easier to hack into these apps than it is to hack Snapchat which is a multi billion dollar corporation.

I hope that this blog will put people's mind at ease that they do not have anything to worry about when it comes to Snapspy or Snapchat Hackers. Their accounts are completely safe as long as they use common sense and do not input their user details in any other application than the official Snapchat app.

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