If you're not using Snapchat, someone you know is. Odds are, if you have kids or grandchildren in their teens or 20s, they're using Snapchat.
It's a fun social media platform where they post messages to friends. Unlike Facebook posts, the twist is that Snapchat posts disappear.
"By default, Snaps disappear from the screen once they are viewed," according to Snapchat. Snaps are visible for "up to 10 seconds."
That promise has led to a lot of uninhibited chatting on Snapchat. Often, people share information and photos that they normally wouldn't. However, not all Snapchat posts disappear.
That's according to Snapchat. Snaps disappear, "unless your friend decides to keep it, such as with a screenshot or separate camera." Plus, if you want your Snaps to remain visible for more than 10 seconds, there are options to do that.
So, you need to protect yourself and your family if they're using Snapchat. Here are a few tips to keep all of you safe when chatting on Snapchat.
1. Mange your privacy settings
Snapchat is best known for its disappearing posts. However, the social media site with 100 million daily does let people keep your posts.
"Make sure to check your settings and make sure you're only sharing the things you post on 'My Story' with your friends, as opposed to the whole world," experts advise.