Snapchat doesn’t fulfill on it’s promise. It can’t, and it won’t. Not now, and not in the foreseeable future.
Self-destructing pictures only work if another copy can’t be made.
The obvious problem: screen shots
They kind of solved the easy problem of screen-shots by logging and notifying the sender if one of the receivers takes a screen shot.
It doesn’t eliminate the threat that a photo can be stored, but it does mitigate the risk a fair amount.
Now onto the less obvious, and much larger problem…
How to secretly copy a Snapchat pic
- Receive a Snapchat photo
- Take out a second phone/camera
- Open the Snapchat photo
- Take a picture of the screen with the second device
Et voila… You now have an undetectable, savable and resendable copy of the previously private Snapchat.
We live in a world full of cameras my friends. Never forget it.
If a Snapchat photo is unopened, it still lives on Snapchat’s servers, and can be turned over to the authorities. Which has happened about a dozen times.
Dishonesty in the product
Let’s be real. There are a limited number of use-cases for self-destructing photos. Sending unimportant photos to friends, and sending really, really private photos to friends.
Snapchat sucks. It cannot do what it promises, because what it promises is not achievable through software. Full stop.
There is no such thing as a private photo delivery system.
If you don’t want people seeing a particular photo, then don’t take it, and certainly don’t send it to someone. Once you do send a private photo, the only security that remains is the integrity and respect of the receiver.
Practice safe computing.
(image via Wikipedia)