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App for safe sending of saucy snaps comes rife with risks

Daniel Gumble


Adult / November 8th 2012 at 3:14PM

Despite using Snapchat your amateur porn exploits may still end up in the wrong hands..

Snapchat, an app designed to offer a safe way to exchange naked photos and naughty text messages, has been revealed to pose significant privacy risks.

Available on both iPhone and Android devices, Snapchat is designed to allow users to control how long a pic or a text can be viewed before it expires after a maximum period of ten seconds; essentially limiting the opportunity for other to share the lewd material.

However, the key problem is that the app doesn’t restrict anyone from taking a screenshot of the material on their own device before it expires, meaning it can still end up in the wrong hands.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at net security firm Sophos, commented: "There are 'how-to' guidelines online explaining how jailbroken iPhones can subvert Snapchat, and take snapshots without informing the image's sender.

“A less high-tech method to grab the image is to simply take a photograph of the phone that has just received the nude photo. And then there's no way the Snapchat app can tell you if that's happened," he added.

Snapchat's privacy policy admits that it can't guarantee that any naked photos sent through the app will be only available for ten seconds:

"Although we attempt to delete image data as soon as possible after the message is transmitted, we cannot guarantee that the message contents will be deleted in every case. For example, users may take a picture of the message contents with another imaging device or capture a screenshot of the message contents on the device screen. Consequently, we are not able to guarantee that your messaging data will be deleted in all instances. Messages, therefore, are sent at the risk of the user.

This isn’t the first app to make the headlines of late with regard to the privacy of sensitive mobile material, after it was reported earlier this week that concerns were being raised over an app that searches friends’ Facebook pictures for racy images.

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