Shelly Palmer Radio Report – January 3, 2013

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.

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).