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Will teens be scared off by Snapchat hack? Probably not

Sharon Gaudin | Jan. 3, 2014
Snapchat, a social media company with a popular photo-messaging app, has taken a blow with a recent hack affecting 4.6 million users.

"Security and functionality tend to exist in an inverse relationship," said Thompson. "The more functional you make a system, the less secure it tends to be. Web-based systems like Snapchat are built for functionality, so we should not be surprised that hackers found a vulnerability in a new, highly functional system. The hole will be patched, and hackers will look for new ones. It's almost a cost of doing business."

He added that users need to make sure they use a different password for every app and website they use.


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