Popular messaging app Snapchat suffered a massive security breach in the past which led to 4.5 million account details being stolen and posted online. It’s bad enough that they suffered the security breach, but thanks to the ‘special’ uses that Snapchat is mainly famous for, this is a very scary time for its users. Snapchat has said in the past that their service is more secure compared to Facebook’s Instagram. Doesn’t seem so from this incident though, so here’s some less obvious Snapchat alternatives that offer all the functionality o Snapchat minus the risk involved.
WhatsApp is a massively popular messaging platform that’s available on all major mobile operating systems. Not only is it free (for 1 year), but it’s very easy to use and has a great set of features as well. It might lack the self-destructing photos function, but it doesn’t have the bad reputation of Snapchat, so no one will ever bother with it. It’s just a very good messaging app with support for videos, voice messages and a very fluid and easy to use interface.
Viber is another messaging service that’s not too popular in the west. But that doesn’t make it any less useful. It’s known mainly for its VoIP services, but it actually functions decently as a messaging app as well. You can send pictures, short voice clips as well. Again, this is a very discreet messaging app and people won’t care much about targeting it.
Clipchat is a direct substitute app for Snapchat in that it offers the self-destructing photos option. Why is it better? Well, it’s lesser known for one, so people won’t know straight away what it’s for. Secondly, it’s faster and has a couple of neat functions as well. Once a photo is received, the recipient cannot take a screenshot of it, so the sender can rest assured the photo will not be misused. Obviously, there’s the risk of a camera taking the picture of the phone, but that’s where no app can help you out.
Wink! Photo Chat
If all you want is a decent photo chat app, then Wink! might fit the bill. It’s a photo chat app with a focus on group sharing. The concept is a bit like Facebook, but as you upload each photo you’re given the option of the people who’ll be allowed to see the photo. So it’s not exactly a Snapchat substitute, but a great way of sharing photos with multiple people in the same place but with some added security options.