Snapchat introduces end-to-end encryption to protect shared photos and videos

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End-to-end encryption is the way to go for every social media app that wants its users to have conversation in a safe and private environment. Virtually every popular apps like Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and the likes have added the feature. That number has swelled by one as Snapchat realizes the need to encrypt shared pictures and videos among its users.

Apparently worried about issues that have to do with unauthorized access to users’ privately shared videos and photos, Snapchat has launched its own version of end-to-end encryption. Everyone on the platform can now send and receive pictures and videos with loads of peace without fear of having them intercepted by third party.

According to The Telegraph, pictures and videos shared on Snapchat are now secured. Actually, pictures shared disappear 24 hours after users have posted them, fact remains that they still remained stored in the company’s server for a period of 30 days in event of the intended recipient not being able to receive messages. The implication of this is that those pictures are left vulnerable to hackers.

Unfortunately, end-to-end encryption is currently only limited to snaps; which means that other forms of messages including text message and group chats are not end-to-end encrypted on the platform.

Snapchat’s security engineer Subhash Sankuratripati per The Telegraph said that the new feature is being added to ensure “increased assurance around privacy to our users.” He also added that plans are ongoing to also introduce end-to-end encryption to text messages and group chats in the future.

Snapchat, unfortunately is now playing second fiddle to Instagram—sadly that is how things have turned in the last couple of months. Things started going the other way for the picture sharing app when its #1 feature Stories was not only copied, but was reinvented by its biggest rival Instagram. Down, but not out—Snapchat is now trying to add some Instagram-like features which could probably help it in the big fight to regain its strength.

However, the company is unrelenting in its drive to get things working again. Last December, reliable reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong who has consistently been reliable when it comes to tech stories, took to her Twitter page to share screenshots of the new features being tested by Snapchat.

Jane reported that the picture-sharing app is currently testing ‘Charms.’ Charms is a feature that will let you define your friendship with someone. The feature will let you assign a charm like “Birthday Twins” to a group to show that your birthday falls within seven days of each other.

She is also tweeted another feature being tested—‘Portrait Mode,’ which is very popular now, and will be well-received by millions of Snapchat’s users. To this end, Snapchat is repositioning its camera to accommodate these features on the right side. Instagram launched a similar feature sometime in April 2018, and is undoubtedly ahead of Snapchat in this regard. Still a long way to go for Snapchat; still if it could pull this through in the end, it might just help win some hearts.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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