Snapchat is a hugely popular social app for Android and iOS that lets you share photos and videos with your friends. But there’s a twist: They can only be viewed for a matter of seconds before disappearing forever.
Started in 2011, Snapchat has evolved into a mix of private messaging and publicly available content, such as live events and publications. However, a survey conducted in 2016 found that 71% of Snapchat’s 150 million daily users mainly use it for private chat and image sharing. Compared to the largely static nature of Facebook or Instagram photos, Snapchat has a dynamic streak, allowing its users to perk up their images with real-time effects. These include enlarged eyes, demon masks and, naturally, rainbow-vomit waterfalls.
A large percentage of Snapchat users are still in school or college and would happily spend time sending silly pictures to their friends in between studying. Many educational institutions have blocked access to Snapchat on their WiFi networks, along with other social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However, creative millennials are quick to find ways to bypass these restrictions, often using a VPN service for Snapchat access.
Websites and services are blocked by denying users access based on their IP addresses. When you connect to the internet from your school or college, you are assigned the general IP address of the school network, which has various access restrictions. Although there are several methods to bypass school internet filters, the most reliable is using a VPN service, which hides your IP address and encrypts your online communications.
Virtual Private Network is a private tunnel between your device and the internet. Your VPN app encrypts all data traveling into and out of your system, so third parties can’t read it. It also hides your IP address, allowing you to bypass any related restrictions and access any content, including Snapchat, at school.