What makes Snapchat different? Snapchat snaps can be viewed for up to 10 seconds and then they disappear. The person sending the snap sets the time a snap can be seen: between one and 10 seconds.
About two million Australians use Snapchat, and it’s particularly popular with younger Australians.
While most people enjoy using apps like Snapchat, things can and do go wrong. Some people may be subject to abuse, having their account hacked or having their images shared without consent.
Follow these tips to manage risks when using Snapchat.
Set your privacy settings so that:
Be aware of the access you give Snapchat when you sign up. Snapchat may ask for access to your contacts list or address book, the images on your camera roll, and location information. Set the access level to one you’re happy with.
Check your security settings regularly, especially after software updates, as settings may then revert to the default, and perhaps open, settings.
Keep your account secure.
If you’re feeling unsafe right now, call the police on Triple Zero (000).
Follow these tips if you’re being abused through Snapchat:
If the abuser’s behaviour makes you feel unsafe, you’ll need support from the police and other services. See our get help page.