November 21, 2013

Snaphack App Lets You Save Snapchats Without Notifying the Sender

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Snaphack saves Snapchat messages. Image from

Snaphack saves Snapchat messages. Image from

Many of us use Snapchat for sharing photos and videos with our friends. People consider this as a secure medium to share their photos with others because once the receiver opens the photos or videos; they will automatically disappear within 10 seconds or less. The photos will also be deleted from Snapchat’s server after the user has opened them. That means the photos are not saved anywhere permanently. Surely Snapchat sounds like a very secure application for photo sharing as no one other than the receiver can access and view the photos, and the photos are deleted within a short timeframe. However, this new app “Snaphack” defeats the whole purpose of using Snapchat for photo sharing. With Snaphack you can save Snapchat photos and messages for an indefinite period of time without notifying the sender. Now you have to think twice before sending anything embarrassing on Snapchat.

Snaphack is an iPhone app designed by Darren Jones who has produced a few other apps under the name DAP Logic. He has launched another app Iconical few months back that allows the users to create their own icons for the home screen of any Apple device. In an interview given to Mashable, Jones said, “I wanted to prove that nothing was 100 percent secure once uploaded to the Internet. He also wanted to point out the dangers in sending images that you don’t want other people to see. As per Jones, he is not the first one who has launched a Snapchat –saver. In the past Sepia software had also designed an application called Screenshot save which also saves Snapchat messages. Besides the above-mentioned apps, Snapchat is also vulnerable to anyone who can take a quick screenshot of the chat messages or pictures. Jones had already submitted a new version of the app to Apple that will allow users to send saved Snapchat messages to other users via email. Snaphack does not have an Android version yet.

Let’s take a look at how the Snaphack app works? First of all you need to download the Snaphack app from the App store. Then log in with your Snapchat  credentials. “When you get a notification of a new snap all you have to do is open up the Snaphack app, refresh the app and get the new pictures and videos. Snaps can be opened up individually and then saved onto the handset.” I tested the Snaphack app by sending a photo on Snapchat to me. I took the photo of this vase on Snapchat and selected myself as the recipient. Once I received the photo on Snapchat, I closed Snapchat without opening the photo. Then I opened Snaphack using the login details of my Snapchat account.

Photo taken on Snapchat. Image by author.

Photo taken on Snapchat. Image by author.

When I clicked on the green item on Snaphack, I was able to view the Snapchat that I sent to myself. The image was permanently saved on Snaphack and I could access the image anytime I want. On the contrary, I could not view the items highlighted in red because I had opened those photos on Snapchat earlier.

Snapchat photos on Snaphack. Image by author.

Snapchat photos on Snaphack. Image by author.

Besides that it also gave me the option to save the photo to the camera roll, forward to friends and send via email.

Snaphack allows you to share Snapchat photos. Image by author.

Snaphack allows you to share Snapchat photos. Image by author.

Given these developments you need to be careful while sending photos on Snapchat because somebody might be able to save your private stuff from the other end. Snapchat is not as secure as it claims to be. In the past we have seen that the company has handed over photos to the US law enforcement agencies on receiving a court order. While it is true that Snapchat deletes snaps from its servers once they are opened, the unopened snaps remain on the company’s server for 30 days and can be turned over to the authorities if needed. In case you want to share some sensitive information, take proper security measures before sending them.

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  1. How anyone thinks any information sent online is secured is beyond me. The kids growing up now who post their entire lives online will be in for a shock when they realize they cant get rid of their digital life when looking for colleges or schools.

    I thought there have actually been several apps that were able to store the snapchat photos. The one I read about before I thought was for android and cost money. Is this one free?

    Plus if child porn or other illegal photos are posted on snapchat, I’m sure the FBI has ways of obtaining relevant information.

  2. Is the cloud service really hack free? Snapchat was supposed to be hack free, but your article states that it isn’t because someone wanted to prove that nothing uploaded to the internet is secure. So I’m very curious, as a consumer, how you are able to make the claim that your cloud service sofware is actually secure? Can you explain it a bit further in more simplistic terms?

    • Thanks for your comment. SpiderOak encrypts the files in your computer before uploading them to the server. As a result you and only you have access to your unencrypted data. Even SpiderOak cannot read your data because the keys used for encryption only belong to you. It is impossible for someone to gain control of your data by hacking into SpiderOak. For more information regarding SpiderOak encryption, you can go to

  3. When I come to think of it, I’m not surprised that Snap Chat can be hacked. What surprises me is the content that people send via such social sites, regardless of whether their content is safe or not. I’m a school teacher and I have both seen and heard of the most bizarre, inappropriate, and downright shocking images that people, especially teenagers, send to each other, especially when they think their images will be erased. Studies have shown that people do things over the phone and online what they would never do in person and sites which allow such behavior to be erased makes such tendencies to only increase. I strongly urge everyone to only upload and send content which will not come back one day to embarrass them. Nevertheless, I’m glad to hear that SpiderOak does have the capabilities to protect images. Even with this protection, you shouldn’t send inappropriate things but other images are personal so I’m glad to hear there is a service to keep those special pictures safe.

  4. It’s pretty depressing that people are legitimately developing apps for the purpose of saving content that’s meant to be deleted and never seen again. The app was more than likely created for the express purpose of saving “explicit” pictures to be viewed again and also to be forwarded to other people. These acts are damaging and hurtful to the people who trust the friends they are using the Snapchat app with. As some commenters have already stated, it’s a bit worrisome that such private pictures are being shared via an app, but at the same time, I was always taught never to say anything that I didn’t want others to know. The same goes for sharing any type of content with another person. If you share the picture you have to know it could get out. The sad thing is that Snapchat seemed to be the one loophole to that philosophy, ensuring the security of the user’s sent content. Hopefully Snapchat’s developers can find a way to prevent Snaphack from accessing the older pictures.

    On an additional side note, Snapchat looks awful silly for turning down the $3 billion purchase offer from Facebook. Snapchat’s value has to dramatically decrease with this news coming out. The app may become irrelevant within a year or two.