Are you familiar with the old saying, “Nothing is ever truly secure?” If so, then you may want to pay close attention to this blog post! We all know how easy and enjoyable it can be to use Snapchat – from sending goofy selfies to our friends to live streaming funny jokes at stand-up shows. But, as amusing as this app may seem on the surface level, there are also some very serious risks associated with it that you need to be aware of. In particular, your Snapchat account can be hacked if certain security protocols are not properly followed. So, what does this mean for users? Read on for 6 different ways that your Snapchat account might be vulnerable and learn how to protect yourself against a cyberattack!
1. Using Hacking Apps
The first method that someone could use to get your Snapchat account hacked would be by installing a hacking app on your phone. These hacking apps, which you can read more about at EarthWeb, are also known as surveillance apps, and once they are installed on your device, they run silently in the background, so you won’t even know that one is installed.
One of the primary things that these apps do is allow the person to see all of your communications, such as the messages that you send, the ones that get received, as well as all outgoing and incoming media.
2. Using Keylogging Software
The next method that someone can use to hack your Snapchat account would be to use keylogging software. Much like the surveillance apps that are installed on your device, keylogging software also can’t be detected once it’s installed.
Keylogging software also runs in the background without being detected and keeps track of all of your keystrokes, or, in other words, everything that you type. Once installed, it would be a simple matter for a hacker to read through all of the logs to figure out which words or phrases are your username and password.
3. Using Public Wi-Fi
Another way that your Snapchat account can be hacked is when you’re using public Wi-Fi. This is because public Wi-Fi is not the most secure and doesn’t have a lot of security. In other words, what this means is that a hacker could potentially intercept the data that is being transmitted from your device whilst using public Wi-Fi.
To combat this, a really simple thing that you could do would be to install VPN software on your device. VPNs, or virtual private networks, are applications that allow you to connect to a server that acts as a middleman between your device and the connections that you make.
4. Phishing Pages
The most common way you will most likely have your Snapchat account hacked is by having more information stolen after falling victim to a phishing page. The hacker would most likely send you an email that looks like it is from the official Snapchat email address asking you to log in to verify your account.
The website that you visited will not be the official Snapchat website and is designed to store your information after you enter it. After that, it is a simple matter for the hacker to just log into your Snapchat account.
5. Brute Force Attacks
One of the more effective ways that a hacker will hack into your Snapchat account would be through a brute force attack. However, the good news is that this is not so common. A brute force attack involves using a piece of software that can generate thousands upon thousands of guesses per minute.
If you have a relatively easy-to-guess Snapchat password, then the software will make short work of getting into your account. As such, it is recommended that you create a relatively difficult-to-guess password using numbers, capital letters, and symbols.
6. Getting You To Talk off App
Finally, the last way that your Snapchat account might be hacked would be if you start talking to a hacker on the platform and they get you to start talking on another platform. This is one of the most common ways that a Snapchat account gets hacked.
If the person you are talking to doesn’t seem to be replying properly and is only focused on trying to get you to talk on Google Hangouts, they are most likely a hacker who is trying to get information from you.