Is your Snapchat being spied on?

Posted at 10:40 PM, Mar 03, 2016

CAPE CORAL, Fla-- Snapchat is one of today's most popular social media apps even becoming a staple in people's daily routines.

"It is like one of the first things I do in the morning I check Snapchat," said Albert Onzo.

But what Snapchat users do not realize is when you post a picture or video to everyone it really means everyone.

"If you are about to post something even using Snapchat to one person," said Dr. Russ Sabella.

He added, "You have to be willing to have the entire planet to see what it is your about to post."

Dr. Sabella is a professor over at Florida Gulf Coast University. He researches and trains counselors effective ways to make use of social media to avoid getting into trouble.

"Snapchat has always been vulnerable. There is no technology that can afford anyone a hundred percent of privacy or security," said Dr. Sabella.

Onzo was surprised when i told him about people potentially spying on his snaps.

"Ah its crazy," said Onzo.

Usually when  take a screenshot of someone's snap; the owner of the picture gets a notification. But, there are video tutorials you can easily pull up on YouTube. They show how easy it is to spy on Snapchat without alerting the user.

"I didn't know like random people can just search your name and take your snaps," said Onzo.

Dr. Sabella says when it comes to social media great power comes great responsibility.

"If there is one person that you can think of that should not see what you are about to post to anyone even using Snapchat. Then nobody should see it," said Dr. Sabella.

But Onzo warns snap snatchers if they were thinking about saving his stories.

"I feel bad for whoever steals my Snapchats because they are really boring. its not really anything," said Onzo.