Tag Archives: Snapchat

Facebook takes aim at Snapchat with new Slingshot app

After briefly appearing on the App Store last week before being promptly pulled, Facebook has today officially launched its new Slingshot app. Slingshot, which appears at face value to be a Snapchat clone of sorts, allows users to send each other photos and videos with text captions or drawn elements. What’s unique about Slingshot, however, is that…

Snapchat’s new security feature hacked already

Earlier today, Snapchat announced that, in light of its recent security scandal in which 4.6 million phone numbers were stolen, it was going to introduce a new verification system to ensure that all users were in fact human. This includes making sure that users are human by requiring them to select pictures that contain the Snapchat ghost logo. This was…

Snapchat adds humanity test to tighten security

Popular picture messaging app Snapchat has today received a security update that requires users to prove they are human. Upon registering an email address and password on the app, you’ll be prompted to view 9 colorful images. To prove you’re human, you need to selected the images that contain a ghost, obviously you need to get it right to use…

App usage more than doubles in 2013

App availability is perhaps one of the most important factors when it comes to operating systems on smartphones. Even the nicest looking operating systems have no chance to succeed if there isn’t a good availability of apps available for the platform. No one has learned this lesson quite like Palm (and later HP) with their webOS. The operating system…

“Confide” launches on App Store, looks like Snapchat for texts

If you wished Snapchat had a text only feature, there’s now a separate app you can use for that. Confide, deemed to be “your off-the-record messenger” by the developers, allows you to send messages to your friends, etc, and then hides the message, just as Snapchat doesn’t allow you to reopen pictures. Here is the description on iTunes: Spoken words…

Snapchat adds privacy setting following username leak

Following the release of 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and linked telephone numbers onto the internet, Snapchat has added an opt-out security feature to its app to increase privacy. Now, Snapchat users have the option to opt out of linking their username to their phone number. By doing this, Snapchat is hoping to prevent the leaking of phone numbers…

Hackers publish 4.6 million Snapchat usernames to “raise public awareness” over security [Domain immediately suspended]

A website called SnapchatDB.info has published 4.6 million snapchat usernames and phone numbers and made the information available to download, after exploiting a recently discovered Snapchat exploit. The group claims that it has made the data available to “raise public awareness” around an exploit currently present in the software. Initially the…

Snapchat APIs hacked, exploits released by hacker group

It appears that Snapchat may have some security issues that need to be addressed, according to Gibson Security, a group that claims to have hacked Snapchat’s API, which is currently not public. There are two different exploits, the find_friends exploit and the Bulk Registration exploit. The first of the two takes in a set of phone numbers and can match…

New Snapchat update adds filters, front flash, and more

If you’re a big Snapchat user, you’ve likely gotten used to the simple interface, and minimal options that come along with customizing images. The app previously lacked filters except for some hidden ones, such as typing “b&w…” as the caption, which would change the image to black and white, or other similar filters. However, today the app has…