Today on Shelly Palmer Digital Living: Snapchat is the mobile world’s latest craze – it’s a free messaging service that allows users to send one another photos or messages that self-destruct after a set amount of time. Pretty cool, huh? Some of Snapchat’s bolder users have used the app as a means of safer sexting. If you’re going to send naked pictures of yourself, it is best if they self-destruct, right? However, it turns out that pictures and videos sent through Snapchat aren’t as secure as they may have seemed. By connecting your phone to a computer and downloading a free program, you can save any unopened pictures or videos you have received in Snapchat. You’re then able to copy and paste these files like any other on your phone or computer, and the sender is none the wiser. While Snapchat may have seemed like a secure channel to send private messages, this just goes to show that anything that exists in cyberspace will exist forever.

Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Partner at Palmer Advanced Media, a technology-focused strategic advisory practice that helps Fortune 500 companies and growth-stage companies with digital strategy, data science, marketing, branding, and business development. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert and a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. @shellypalmer or visit

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