Preventing Snapchat Hack
Many people got their Snapchat account locked or hacked. Let’s find out how to prevent Snapchat hack with this tips to make your Snapchat more secure.
As a start up company, Snapchat quite have a not-so-good reputation in security and privacy. In 2013, Snapchat database being dumped online days after the initial disclosure of the exploits in Snapchat API by the Gibson Security. In October 2014, around 98,000 private photos and videos from users, including some celebrities, were posted online. The last issue is the leak of Snapchat’s employee payroll. A scammer impersonating the company CEO asked for employee payroll data from the company Snapchat department, and employees fell for the scheme. Although the last issue is involving factors of human weakness, we still can take a lesson from this data leak and other previous Snapchat hack.
3 Tips to prevent Snapchat hack make your Snapchat more secure
To fix the security bugs, Snapchat released an optional new security feature called Login Verification that helps prevent unauthorized account access. Once enabled, Login Verification requires users to enter a one-time code when logging in from a new device (in addition to their password). This type of verification, also known as two-factor authentication (or for Apple accounts, two-step verification) makes it doubly hard for an imposter to access your account. To enable Login Verification, go to your Snapchat settings and select ‘Login Verification.’ You can enable one or both methods of receiving verification codes.
But the human factor has always been one of the causes of a hack, this tips will help you to be more cautious
- Don’t be fooled, from the last case which Snapchat’s employee payroll leaked using phising method, we can learn to not trust anyone. If you get an email from someone claiming to be from Snapchat support for verification or something like that, do not immediately believe it. First, have you ever request to change login information? because such emails are only sent if you make changes to the login data. If you did not change anything, then you do not need to do any verification. The easiest thing to prevent this is to view the email address of the sender, don’t trust them if the domain is not @snapchat.com
- Choose the right username and password. Many people using the same username for every social media they had, it is also possible that they use the same password. It can be very easy to guess if you post a variety of sensitive information that you have on the internet such as date of birth, your hobbies, your basketball team, your parent’s name, your pet name, etc. This kind of information could be used by attackers to guess your password by using bruteforce attack. So, you have to choose the different username from other platform, use a long hexadecimal password, but make sure you remember it, for example you can use a quote from your favourite movie.
- Don’t install 3rd party app. Snapchat will lock your account if they find out about it. For security reason, Snapchat not allowing user to login from 3rd party app. Once you login to the 3rd party app, they will store your username and password to their database, and they could do anything with it. So Snapchat decided to lock your account if you are not using official app that you installed from Play Store or App Store.
Never share any sensitive information on the internet, don’t give your Snapchat acount details to an unofficial website (like this blog, this is unofficial website), as it could compromise your account and information. If the worst is your account is compromised, to prevent unwanted things, you should be careful in taking pictures and what you should not store them in Snapchat Memories, make sure to not save any picture that identifiable, such as school names or addresses, and no photos sent to people you does not know in real life. Anonymity protects you and families while acting as misdirection against those who mean to cause harm.