Users beware – yet another way to secretly save SnapChat pictures without the other user knowing it

// January 23rd, 2013 // Hacking and Security

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SnapChat logoBesides using another device to capture the SnapChat image and other “hacks” already discovered that makes SnapChat not quite so “snappy”, yet another hack has been discovered which lets users secretly capture screen shots of SnapChat’s “private” pictures without notifying the sender.  SnapChat is the self-claimed “sext-friendly” application that lets users share sexy or naked pictures before the application automatically deletes them a few seconds later.  But University of Michigan student and hacker Raj Vir, has told TechCrunch of an easy way to get around the application’s automatic photo deletion.

Vir told Mashable:

“I was curious about how SnapChat detects screen shots and discovered they aren’t as secure as you’d think. If you are a SnapChat user, you just assume it’s protected, but it’s not that hard to get around. While taking a screen shot by holding the home and power button at the same time, keep a finger on the screen to hold the picture. When you let go and see the snaps section again, tap the home button twice before the picture disappears. This cancels SnapChat’s detection and you can view the picture on your phone as many times as you want.”

Vir also said there are other ways to get around it too, such as putting the phone in standby mode by making it sleep, and logging in and out of the app to turn on Airplane Mode.

Sources: Mashable, TechCrunch
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