Self-Destruct App Takes Snapchat A Step Further

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Confide, a new self-destruct app which is now available on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone, acts a little bit like the popular Snapchat app, except that it goes even further. In a sense, you could even call the app Snapchat for professionals.

Confide beats Snapchat’s shortcomings

According to Business Insider, Confide enables people to send private messages that can’t be read by anyone else. The reason professionals may be especially interested in the app is because it does not let the people the messages are sent to snap a screenshot of the message. The idea behind this is that it will keep information from being leaked out—or at least keep any sort of paper or electronic trail from being created.

How Confide works

To use the Confide app, users simply sign up and then send messages to people. It works like email and has a subject line and then a place for text. When the text comes in to the other person, it has blocks over it. In order to read the message, the recipient must swipe a finger across the blocks in order to reveal the message. It also prevents people from taking a screen shot of the messages sent through it, and those messages are not stored on Confide’s servers.

The startup company also offers end to end encryption, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. In other words, this means that the key which is required to decrypt a specific message is only on the device of the recipient of the message and never gets sent to Confide’s servers.

For businesses, executives and politicians, this app probably sounds like a pretty good idea. After all, paper trails have frequently come back to haunt high profile people, and with an app like Confide, that won’t happen—at least for now. Of course as with any sort of technology, hackers may take an interest in breaking the app in an attempt to take screen shots of the message. However, that could take a while, considering the high level of security with the app.

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