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Everything You Need to Know About Snapchat

Do your kids use snapchat, but you're still not sure what it is? Tech Talker explains.

By
Eric Escobar
4-minute read
Episode #240

Do Snapchat Videos and Photos Really Disappear?

The part that I love about Snapchat is that users believe that there pictures are entirely private. The same warning should apply to all social media accounts, and Snapchat is not an outlier. If you don’t want a picture on the internet, then don’t post it. Snapchat is still susceptible to having your pictures saved forever, even when you don't want them to be.

The people who receive the picture could easily screenshot it or take a picture with another phone. 

The people who receive the picture could easily screenshot it or take a picture with another phone. If my friend wanted to take a screenshot of the picture I sent of my cat, they could, but I would be notified that it was taken. There are even third party apps and hacks available that will allow users to save copies of everything they see on Snapchat. This could be terrible if someone was under the impression their pictures and videos would be destroyed after they were sent

All those selfies from high school students, flower crown pics, scandalous and possibly incriminating photos that users think disappear forever are actually still around. The average joe wouldn’t be able to access them, but given the right circumstances, law enforcement could recover them from devices. This is because devices will often store the pictures for some time on the device itself.

Snapchat is fun to use, but it also should be used with the same caution that other social media accounts are used with! This means you shouldn’t treat it as a  secure messaging service or as a way to keep private photos private. It could definitely come back to bite you in the end! If you’re a parent this is a great conversation to have with your child. It also wouldn’t hurt to download the app yourself and follow their public ‘story’ so you can see what they are showing to the internet!

If you're still feeling like you don't understand how to use Snapchat, fear not. It's hard to conceptualize without a visual example. I've posted a 10-minute primer on how to use Snapchat.

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Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple! 

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Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.

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