Snapchat leak reveals importance of phone privacy

snapchat logoImage messaging service, Snapchat, has become a popular way for people to communicate with one another using images and text rather than plain instant messaging alone. But now a leak of private pics brought about by third party apps linked to the mobile platform has raised questions about privacy in the age of the smartphone.

This is not an isolated incident, as hackers have been harvesting images for a protracted period, creating a library containing more than 13GB of pictures transferred by Snapchat.

Although Snapchat is designed to delete these pictures after a short period, the fact that third party apps have been able to integrate with its systems, means that hackers were provided with a backdoor which made the theft possible.

Anyone who uses a smartphone should take the time to keep their personal data safe using a strong password to keep the keypad locked. And the same goes for any other connected devices and services you use.

But to a certain degree, there is little anyone could have done to prevent this leak, other than simply not using Snapchat at all, or at least steering clear of any third party apps that might not be so scrupulously protected.

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