I’ll admit it, I love Snapchat. It’s a fun and humorous way to communicate with your friends, a fast way to send photos, and best of all, you can make ugly faces and it won’t matter because the pictures disappear after a set amount of time (1 to 10 seconds). Right?
Wrong. Apparently, your pictures never get deleted. According to Business Insider, the photos are actually saved under your phone under the extension .NOMEDIA, which makes it difficult, but not impossible, to uncover.
Now realistically, it takes a forensics specialist, a few hours, and a hefty sum to actually uncover these photos. Who would go to such lengths to do that, unless it was a matter of legal issues? But it just goes to show that any sort of hot new social media or communication trend is not as private as you’d think. Whatever you upload to the Internet, stays on the Internet, even if you think you’ve deleted it or privated it. If one tries hard enough, they will be able to dig up all sorts of things about you.
The best way to have a clean Internet history is to filter what you post and don’t post. Now I love me some Instagram and Twitter so I shouldn’t be one to talk, but I do my best to watch what I post, and if I regret something I will take it down as soon as possible.
So think twice before sending any compromising pictures thinking they’re safe, whether through Snapchat or another application. Nothing on the Internet is ever safe.
My friends and I mostly snapchat ugly ‘selfies’ to each other, and let’s be honest, who would want to dig those up? The pictures that I send aren’t exactly the most beautiful, but Snapchat enables you to shamelessly send them to your friends with minimal repercussions, and that’s the beauty of the app.