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Three alternatives to Snapchat

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On Thursday, Jan. 2, 2013, a security breach affected 4.6 million Snapchat users. Hackers posted usernames and phone numbers on the website SnapchatDB.info. The website was suspended, but the damage was done. Snapchat is a messaging app that delivers temporary pictures and videos. When a user views a message, the app deletes it forever. This secrecy is what makes Snapchat fun, but the latest hack against Snapchat is troubling.

If you are concerned about future security of Snapchat, there are alternatives. On Twitter, you can send a direct text or picture message to one of your followers. Like Snapchat, this is a private message exchange. But the message is not deleted, unless the recipient chooses to delete it.

On Facebook, you can privately share a message, picture or video with another user. Facebook is huge, so your Snapchat friends are probably there already. Instagram now lets you send direct messages to your followers. It is basically Snapchat without the expiration feature.

So if you have lost faith in Snapchat, all is not lost. There are plenty of alternatives out there. You are probably using these apps already, and you might have better luck with them.

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