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    Default Confide Brings Off-the-Record Snapchat-like Messaging to your iOS Devices


    With the recent Snapchat data breach and the company’s subsequently poor handling of the situation, coupled with the ongoing NSA snooping concerns, many people end up thinking twice before downloading a messaging app to their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. The concept of storing chat transcripts in the cloud that just doesn’t sit well in some cases and this is exactly where the app, Confide comes in. Create by the cofounder of the local news site, Patch and marketing startup Yext CEO, Howard Lerman, Confide’s pitch is simple and effective:

    Spoken words disappear after they’re heard. But what you say online remains forever. We think this is crazy. Confide lets you take your messages off the record.
    The program combines quite of features to keep your conversations private, like screenshot protection, read receipts, encryption, self-destructing messages and more. The best way to describe Confide is to think of it like Snapchat for messages. Messages are basically encrypted end-to-end and destroyed forever immediately after they’re read on both ends so they can’t be retrieved later. Furthermore, the app never stores message scraps, individual messages or whole message archives on your devices or on their servers.

    What makes it even more interesting is that messages must first be swiped with your finger to actually reveal the words. They’re calling it swipe-to-reveal and it’s designed to discourage screenshotting to an extent that the message is concealed until swiped over and the app alerts the sender if a screenshot was attempted. The only thing missing here is a true screenshot protection by the way of iOS 7 APIs to ensure that the recipient can never use the system screenshotting function to save conversations as images to the Camera Roll. Another one of the cool features that is included is the ability to send messages to any email address.

    The folks over at GigaOM provide a good explanation for the app:

    Confide is different from Snapchat and other disappear apps in that it connects potential users through their email addresses, not by searching their phone contacts.

    This means that if someone sends a message to a person who doesn’t have the app, they will receive an email that informs them there is a message from the first person waiting for them in the app.
    Those of you who advocate privacy and security-minded users should both be excited with Confide as it is one of the best apps for keeping personal and professional conversations confidential.


    Those of you interested in learning more about the app can check out the app’s website and download the app for free in the App Store. It should be noted that the app requires iOS 7 or later.

    Source: iTunes via Confide, GigaOm

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    Saw this on CNBC a couple days ago and have been using it ever since. Really would like to see attachments added even as a "buy in app" purchase option. Currently no way to copy/paste or insert anything (photos included). It would also be nice to set a time limit and then the message automatically disappears instead of having to wait for the receiver to close the message before it automatically deletes... But overall it's a fun twist on this sort of thing.

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    This is useless and a slap in the face for security experts. First off the facebook integration and email requirement made me laugh. Any NSA conscious person would stay away from this app.

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    As mentioned above, I thought it would be nice if the message would disappear after a certain amount of time. The user would have control of how long it would appear, with a high limit of 1 min or something like that. I like the screenshot protection.

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    It's not like the screenshot protection would do anything to the determined. Even if they used the API I'm sure someone could disable it. There's still nothing stopping someone from taking a picture with an external camera. It's a nice little gimmick at best, shouldn't be used for real security.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamemaster77 View Post
    It's a nice little gimmick at best, shouldn't be used for real security.
    Duh. The people who need "real" security don't use iPhones anyway. This IS useful for all the rest of us who have need on occasion for something more secure and less permanent than SMS and email. It's much more than a gimmick.

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    That's total fu*king ******** that it requires iOS 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
    Duh. The people who need "real" security don't use iPhones anyway. This IS useful for all the rest of us who have need on occasion for something more secure and less permanent than SMS and email. It's much more than a gimmick.
    I'm sure they would use an open source OS right? Because that makes no sense at all. It is a gimmick and nothing more.

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