Newest Snapchat Update: Should you automatically update your phone?

Selfie lovers all over the world raced to find a way to reverse the upgrade, which confused millions by forcing users to swipe right instead of left to see friends’ stories and snaps.  The best way to stop yourself getting the upgrade is to turn off automatic app upgrades, which will prevent the software from being installed. But this simple-sounding prevention technique could land you in a world of pain because upgrades often contain security fixes which stop hackers cracking into your devices and stealing all your secrets.

‘While the changes to Snapchat’s user interface haven’t gone down too well, users need to be aware that any app updates are also likely to contain vital security updates in addition to changes to the look and feel,’ Raj Samani, chief scientist at McAfee, told The Independent. ‘In line with advice from the [National Cyber Security Centre], we recommend people enable automatic updates. This helps to protect devices from criminals looking to use weaknesses in software and apps to attack your devices and steal your identity.

Nick Shaw, the general manager of Norton, said ensuring your apps up to date ‘has never been so important’. He added: ‘Consumers need to understand that such updates perform a myriad of tasks, such as adding new and removing outdated features but more importantly – fixing security holes that have been discovered. And while vulnerabilities patches are usually issued quickly, the best way to stay safe is to ensure your applications and devices are always up-to-date.’ According to data supplied to TechCrunch, 83 per cent of App Store reviews (1,941) for the new update are negative with one or two stars. Last week, Snapchat insisted it was not possible to install an old version of the app.

But there seems to be a solution.

Here’s how to get the old Snapchat back: First, you have to delete the app. Just make sure to back up your memories first. Then, change your settings to turn off automatic updates, and re-download the app. When you type in your email, click “Forgot Password.” Reset your password “Via Your Phone.” Then log back in, and great!  You’re back to the old Snapchat!

So what matters more? The stakes are high as identity theft and stolen bank accounts are happening more often than not. Snapchat updates roll out every few months maybe there’s hope the developers will modify or revert Snapchat back to what the population is looking for. Otherwise, It’ll be something we’ll just have to become okay with. Unless you’re willing to take the chance of giving up your security.


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