Confide 1.0 for iOS (teaser 001)

With the recent Snapchat data breach (and the company’s subsequently poor handling of the situation) and given the ongoing NSA snooping scare, little wonder some folks would think twice before downloading a messaging app to their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

Storing your chat transcripts in the cloud introduces an attack vector so that’s a big no-no, right?

And you definitely at all cost want to avoid the contents of your communication kept on the device itself, no? So how about a 100 percent off-the-record messaging software, one that would bypass the cloud while allowing for Snapchat-like disappearing text messages?

That’s Confide for you…

Created by local Jon Brod, who co-founded 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 packs quite a punch in terms of keeping your conversations private, like screenshot protection, read receipts, encryption, self-destructing messages and more.

Confide is best described as the Snapchat for messages.

Messages are encrypted end-to-end and destroyed forever immediately after they’re read, on both ends, so they can’t be retrieved later.

Perhaps crucially, the app never stores message scraps, individual messages or whole message archives on your devices or servers.

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Such forward-thinking extends to incoming messages.

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 screenshooting to an extent that the message is concealed until swiped over and the app alerts the sender if a screenshot is attempted.

What’s missing is a true screenshot protection by way of iOS 7 APIs to ensure that the recipient can never use the system screenshoting function (hit the Home + power/sleep button simultaneously) to save conversations as images to the Camera Roll.

Another cool feature: sending messages to any email address.

GigaOM does a better job explaining this one than myself:

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.

Privacy advocates and security-minded users should jump with joy as Confide is Godsent for both personal and professional confidential conversations.

I’m sure normals will find a lot of good uses for it, too.

I’m imagining this would include circumstances when leaving a digital written trail of message exchanges could get you in legal trouble or any other scenarios where you’d be wise to avoid leaving a permanent trace on the web.

And the Internet’s permanence should worry you: a whopping 639,800 gigabytes of data is stored and cached forever on the web, every single minute.

Learn more at the Confide website and download the app for free in the App Store.

The download comes at 5.7MB and iOS 7.0 or later is a requirement.

  • 123bob

    There is something similar to this called Hemlis, it’s being programmed at the moment. It’s created by the Pirate bay founders. I thought it was pretty cool. I can’t link a Picture though. I don’t know why.

  • 123bob

    Crap! iOS 7 or later required…

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Why would you still be on ios 6 now anyway?

      • illK†Δ

        Because iOS 7 is ugly. Glossy and pinstripes for life.

      • Iso

        Because iOS 7 is ugly trash.

      • Guillermo Gonzalez

        maybe he has an iphone 3…

      • 123bob

        I have an iPod 4.

    • S2k03

      Sooner or later you can’t download the latest and newest apps and would wish you updated and have a jail broken iOS 7

      • illK†Δ

        That’s why you have 2 phones and swap sims whenever you want.
        iPhone 5s jb on 7.0.4
        iPhone 5 jb on 6.2

      • S2k03

        Yea that’s another way of doing it but I like to have one primary phone that I use everyday

  • 123bob

    If you don’t trust the receiver of your message and you don’t want the receiver taking a screenshot of your message, maybe you shouldn’t be sending it, that’s what I think.
    But I think this is so cool! People can send messages without having their messages intercepted by companies or the government.

    • Rowan09

      There’s always a way but this is pretty neat.

  • Adam Bowman

    Screenshot protection? What screenshot protection? I just used my OTHER iPhone to take a pic of the screen of this so-called disappearing message. Gotcha!

    • 123bob

      I know but the main thing with this app is that it’s secure so the NSA and companies cannot intercept your communications.

  • Derp

    Jailbreakers will destroy this app. First on list. Tweak to remove notification of screenshot taken.

  • ConduciveMammal

    Cool, now I can talk openly about terrorism and drugs…

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Lololololol. Like where this kid’s head is at. Ftw!

    • Antzboogie

      Now I can talk about my personal business and not be added to another statistic.

  • Techsticles

    I can’t remember what I was talking about. I should be allowed to view my sent messages.

  • n0ahcruz3

    If it was made by Kim Dotcom i will believe it. Lol

  • Antzboogie

    Im happy people are taking their freedom more seriously we need more apps like this.

  • Hmmm

    If I opened the app then turned of Internet and took a screenshot. How would it alert the person?

  • skibbad

    threema also good (but payd) alternative

  • Cameron Chao

    useless if none of your contacts have it.