Snapchat Images Don't Actually Disappear

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Tue, Nov 12th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the Naked Security section of Sophos, images taken with Snapchat, a "a wildly popular app for Androids and iDevices that allows you to share photos with your friends," don't actually disappear and remain in your phone.

But just how meaningful is Snapchat's promise if you completely ignore the screenshot problem, or the taking-a-picture-of-the-screen-with-another-camera problem?

US-based computer forensics geek Richard Hickman thought he'd find out.

Be prepared to laugh (or cry - it's not really funny): according to Hickman, "expired" Snapchat photos don't disappear at all!

He grabbed a forensic image of a phone running Snapchat, found a directory called received_image_snaps and looked in it.

Both unviewed and expired images were still there.

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