If you are unfamiliar with Snapchat, it is a smartphone application where users take a picture and share it with their friends for up to ten seconds. After the selected timeframe, the picture is deleted forever, but now there’s a glitch to that statement.
Utah based company, Decipher Forensics, has claimed that not only can the Snapchats be recovered, it can be done in a matter of days. In fact, they walk you through the process of how they recovered their Snapchat messages on their Android phone on their blog.
While there’s no talk of successfully recovering images from iOS phones, this is a reminder that information always leaves a trail.
Photo applications are highly popular right now, especially with young people. And while the application says the pictures are permanently deleted it does remind users that the application cannot prevent receivers from taking screenshots of the shared image and then posting the picture online.
This is a good start, but for young users who grew up with cameras available at every moment, they do not realize the power of an image. It is so critical to remember that other people can and do abuse the casual sharing of information, pictures being an especially powerful tool.