The trend of hacking is going to be a hot topic this year as more hackers break into mobile applications that store millions of users private iinfo, ranging from phone numbers to bank accounts and even home addresses. Snapchat is the most recent application to have users information stolen from databases they used in storing accounts on. An Anonymous user posted the information in a hacker forum that had just around 4.6 million user databases that were used for their Snapchat account.
The past four months were as long as Snapchat knew about what they called a “theoretical” threat, only to have been proven otherwise is a big mistake and should not be taken lightly and users should question their private information and its security security. For instances, earlier in December of 2013 was another phone number exploit mentioned to Snapchat, who foolishly dismissed it and wouldn't give any remarks to the scenario. These are big red flags that users should consider when signing up and continuing to use a certain application. Personally not having one I can safely say I don’t have to worry about anything, although it has been proven that social media can be so addicting that users disregard rational thinking.
To common has tech companies played the denial role in thinking a mention of a potential exploit goes unnoticed. This is a perfect time to create a strong marketplace on social media outlets to help ensure the best quality is delivered to the user. Snapchat is shown to have long list of problems that seem to only be just starting, whether they ever planned on having this many user accounts or not, they look to talking more about damage control rather than some new features they could be working on.
Are you a Snapchat user and if so does this security risk make you think about deleting your account? or do you not care about the information you have stored online and don't mind using Snapchat regardless? Leave you comments below on your feelings of tech companies and their need to protect the users better than they currently are.