Worried about your dirty Snapchats being found? This app promises to clean ’em up

clean masterThe premise that Snapchat doesn’t save your data has always been suspicious. Even their pseudo-admission didn’t do much to assuage everybody’s worry that users’ (dirty) pictures are still somewhere on their phones – in their blog post, Snapchat alluded to the possibility of retrieving deleted data. In that regard, KS Mobile updates Clean Master – a cleaning utility app for Android – to include complete deletion of Snapchat photos.

Available on Google Play, Clean Master was primarily designed to increase an Android phone’s memory and performance by efficiently cleaning cache, residual files, and privacy data as well as uninstalling apps that are not being utilized. In the case of Snapchat, photos are not exactly deleted but rather converted to unencrypted files by adding a .nomedia extension, making your photos easily retrievable by anyone with the capability to navigate through your phone – all they have to do is go into /data/data/com.snapchat.android/cache/received_image_snaps, delete the .nomedia extension, and voilà … incriminating images brought back from the dead! Additionally, the snaps taken by users and saved onto their phones’ SD card prior to sending are also exposed because they are retained in your phone even after uninstalling Snapchat. The recent Clean Master update aims to take care of all that, even deleting the saved snaps you may have forgotten about.  

“When news broke out recently that Snapchat photos could be recovered, we naturally took a keen interest in this and even speculated that our product already made Snapchat photo recovery unlikely,” says Adam Morley, Product Manager of Clean Master, at KS Mobile. “After a full investigation, we found that with a minor tweak we could quickly customize our operations to clear out the .nomedia Snapchat files and help ensure the privacy of our users.”

There are two ways of using Clean Master to eradicate all traces of Snapchat photos from your phone: you can manually clear them out through the Privacy or History Eraser functions of the app. The History Eraser is mainly used to clean your phone’s cache and residual files, freeing up gigabytes worth of space. The Privacy function lists all the sensitive material in your phone like text messages, search history, passwords, browser bookmarks and history, emails, clipboard data, app data, and yes, Snapchat private photos.

Clean Master Snapchat Screenshot-1Clean Master Snapchat Screenshot-3Clean Master Snapchat Screenshot-2

Other Clean Master functions include: Task Killer and Memory Booster, to stop tasks running in the background that eats up your phone’s memory, speed, and battery life; App Manager, to backup, uninstall, and/or move your apps to the SD card; and Apps-to-SD capability for rooted devices that have external SD cards.

Clean Master is built for Android 2.3 and up and is also one of the highest rated free utility apps on Google Play, with a 4.7 rating (out of 5) from over 300,000 reviews.

Mobile

Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that's perfect for creatives and professionals. How does it fare when traveling with it as a laptop replacement? We took it on a two week trek in Japan to find out.
Computing

If you've lost a software key, these handy tools can find it for you

Missing product keys getting you down? We've chosen some of the best software license and product key finders in existence, so you can locate and document your precious keys on your Windows or MacOS machine.
Gaming

How to delete and reinstall games on your Xbox One

Removing and reinstalling games on the Xbox One's hard drive isn't difficult, but it's a process that not everyone is familiar with. Thankfully, our guide will run you through each step so you'll know precisely what to do.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Social Media

This event topped Facebook’s biggest moments of the year — again

As the year comes to a close, Facebook is looking back on what users discussed most over the last year. For two years in a row, International Women's Day topped the list. So what else is on the list?
Social Media

This band owns Twitter, according to list of top accounts and tweets for 2018

What was the biggest buzz on Twitter in 2018? Twitter's 2018 Year in Review highlights the biggest tweets, accounts, and hashtags. The most-tweeted celebrities, movies, TV shows, athletes, politicians and more in Twitter's 2018 trends.
Social Media

What do yodeling and Kylie Jenner have in common? YouTube’s top 2018 videos

In a true nod to the variety found on YouTube, the platform's top 10 list of videos from 2018 range from celebrities to sports, from perfectly tossing a picture frame on the wall to a kid yodeling in aisle 12 at Walmart.
Home Theater

It took Tom Cruise to raise awareness of this troublesome TV setting

Tom Cruise, in an unexpected PSA tweet, asks you to turn off motion interpolation on your TV, but stops short of how to do it. Here's more on the topic, along with links to a guide on how to rid your TV of the dreaded "soap opera effect."
Computing

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Business

Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
Social Media

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Digging into Snapchat's code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface.
Computing

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.
Social Media

Walkie-talkie voice messaging finally comes to Instagram

In its latest grab from messaging apps, Instagram now lets you send walkie-talkie style voice messages. Apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and iMessage have offered the feature for some time.
Social Media

‘YouTube Rewind 2018’ is about to become its most disliked video ever

YouTube is about to achieve a record it really doesn't want — that of "most-disliked video." Yes, its annual recap of featuring popular YouTubers has gone down really badly this year.