New app Confide promises to self-destruct sexts

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Aiming to be the Snapchat of text messaging, Confide is a safe way of sending "for your eyes, only" messages, guaranteed to self-destruct.

The Confide app offers end-to-end encryption, so that messages can't be intercepted before delivery (nor can they be subpoenaed) and has a rather clever way of displaying the text when it does arrive. Each message looks like it's passed through the East German state police at the height of the Cold War as every single word has been blocked out.

This means that someone peering over your shoulder can't read the message but it also means that its contents are pretty much impossible to copy with a screenshot.

The app is currently only available on iOS and to take a screenshot on an iPhone means using both hands to simultaneously hold down the power button and homekey.

In order to decode the blocked out words and read the message, the user needs to run his or her finger over the screen. This will make the blocks disappear and reveal the text behind, one word at a time. And when the last word has been uncovered, the message itself disappears.

Another neat trick is that it connects users via their email address rather than their phone numbers and contacts books. That means that someone without the app could be sent a message and an email would inform them that a message is awaiting once the currently free app has been installed.

Confide is one of a growing number of ephemeral messaging aps that have started springing up in recent months. For example, Wickr - available for both iOS and Android - uses military-grade encryption to send text messages, photos and even videos.

However, what makes Confide different is that apart from being text-only, it is aimed primarily at commercial use. It's for those moments when co-workers need to have an off-the-record chat or discuss a sensitive issue without leaving a paper trail.


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