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Can Snapchat Be Hacked?

Snapchat has been the victim of large-scale hacks in past years. In 2014, hackers downloaded 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers and posted the data online. There’s no telling who has that data now. Outside of past data leaks, hackers can still access your Snapchat information and break into your account. This guide has tips for preventing Snapchat hacks, including the importance of using powerful AntiSpy tools like Clario.

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Common ways of hacking Snapchat accounts

Can someone hack my Snapchat? The answer is yes.


It’s important to be aware of the ways that hackers may try to break into your Snapchat account so you can better protect your online data and privacy.

Guess an easy password

Using an easy password makes your Snapchat account more susceptible to brute force attacks (hackers trying multiple passwords until they breach your account).


Avoid using short passwords with easy-to-guess character strings, and try not to use personal information like your name or pet’s name as your password.

Using public Wi-Fi

Hackers can easily access public Wi-Fi and exploit unsuspecting victims on public networks. Whenever you use public Wi-Fi—whether at the library, a coffee shop, the airport, etc.—you should always use a VPN that encrypts your online activity. This will help prevent hackers from accessing your information.


Phishing occurs when hackers send messages to individuals in an attempt to get them to click a link, send information, or even send money.


For a Snapchat hack, a phishing attempt may look like someone you don’t know DMing you on another social media channel and asking for your Snapchat username. Or a hacker may send you a message on Snapchat with a link or file they want you to click on.

Downloading malware/spyware

One of the most common ways of getting hacked is unknowingly downloading malware or spyware. Hackers can use many different methods of infecting your devices with spyware, including phishing attempts and using public Wi-Fi.


Spyware apps are generally hidden on your hacked computer or phone, so you won’t know if you have one. If a hacker can get you to download spyware on your device, they can see when you open your Snapchat account and save the messages, photos, and videos you send to your friends.


Hackers might also use keylogging to track the keystrokes you type when you log into your account—granting them access to your Snapchat account.

Data leaks

Snapchat has been the victim of third-party data leaks in the past, and it could be again. Third-party data leaks often result in leaking users’ passwords and associated usernames, phone numbers, and emails.


To see if your data has been leaked, use Clario’s online accounts check. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Download Clario Antispy and get a subscription to create an account
  2. On the dashboard, click ID theft guard (on desktop) or Online accounts check (on mobile)
Clario AntiSpy dashboard displaying the online accounts check feature

3. Hit Scan new email


4. Enter the email address you want to check for data leaks

Clario AntiSpy online accounts check add new email

5. Press Scan new email


6. If Clario finds a leak, proceed to verify your email by entering the code Clario sent to your email address


7. Click Verify


8. Follow the Clario's guide on how to protect your personal information.


We don’t always know when these data leaks occur, so it’s important to take proactive steps to protect your account.

Learn more

Learn more about cyber attacks and how to protect yourself in this article: What is hacking?

How to know if your Snapchat is hacked

It can be difficult to tell if your Snapchat account is hacked. But there are some telltale signs that you should watch out for.


Snapchat hacked signs:

Unusual activity

Your Snapchat account might have been hacked if you notice unusual activity on your account. Maybe your settings have been messed with, and your account doesn’t look the same as the last time you logged in. Or maybe you notice strange messages to friends that you didn’t send.

Need to reauthenticate often

Do you need to reauthenticate your identity every time you log into your Snapchat account? That could be a sign that someone else is logging into your account somewhere else, causing you the need to authenticate your login.

Messages from Snapchat

To protect users’ account security, Snapchat sends emails or text messages to users when a change is made to their accounts. This is meant to confirm that you were the person who made the change.


If you didn’t make a change to your account and you receive one of these messages, someone likely hacked your account.


Check out this additional tip for what to dial to see if your phone is hacked.

What can you do to protect your Snapchat?

Prevent your Snapchat account from getting hacked by following these important tips.

Use antispy software

Antispy software can detect when your devices have unknowingly downloaded spyware or malware.


Download Clario AntiSpy today to detect malware attempts and protect your Snapchat account. Clario is dedicated to creating a safer digital world by fighting cyberstalking and spy attempts with its software. It is available for iOS and Android devices.

Verify your phone and email

If you haven’t done so, verify your phone and email on your Snapchat account. This allows Snapchat to email or text you if any changes are made to your account.


You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Open the Snapchat app and tap the settings icon in the top right corner
Screenshot of Snapchat mobile app home screen with settings icon in top right corner highlighted

2. Tap Mobile number and enter your phone number

Screenshot of Snapchat mobile app settings screen to show where to verify mobile number

3. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the verification


4. Go back to the settings menu and tap Email

Screenshot of Snapchat mobile app settings screen to show where to verify email address

5. Enter your email and follow the on-screen prompts to verify your email.

Only add people you know

Only add people as friends on Snapchat if you know and trust them. When you add someone to your Snapchat friends list, they gain access to your username and can send you messages (including messages that may be phishing attempts with suspicious links or files).

Check your privacy settings

Snapchat has several different privacy settings that you can apply to enhance your account’s security and protect your online privacy.


Follow these steps to get to your privacy settings:

  1. Open the Snapchat app and tap the settings icon in the top right corner
Screenshot of Snapchat mobile app home screen with settings icon in top right corner highlighted

2. Scroll down until you see Privacy Control

Screenshot of Snapchat mobile app settings to show where to access privacy control settings

3. Click through each setting option and apply the settings you want on your account.

Change your password

It’s always a smart idea to change the password on your Snapchat account regularly, but it’s even more important if you suspect your account has been hacked.


Change your password to prevent hackers from getting back into your account. And make sure you choose a strong password with at least eight characters and a combination of lowercase and capital letters, numbers, and special characters.

Try “Forgot your password”

If a hacker has accessed your Snapchat account and your password no longer works, try using the Forgot your password link on the login screen. That hacker may have guessed your password, but they likely don’t have access to your phone or email. So you can use Forgot your password to reset your password and kick them out of your account.


Finding out someone has hacked your Snapchat account is violating, and you shouldn’t have to go through that. Take the steps we’ve outlined in this article to be proactive and protect your account.


And if your account has been hacked, just know it’s not your fault. hackers are criminals who violate an individual’s privacy for their own gain. Take the best steps to move forward and protect your online data. Clario Anti Spy can help.

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