'Confide' is Like Snapchat for Text Messages

Thursday January 9, 2014 11:58 AM PST by Jordan Golson
Confide IconWith the image-based Snapchat reaching huge levels of popularity with its ephemeral image and video messaging, new app Confide looks to offer the same type of secure, self-destructing messaging for text.

The app allows users to send messages to anyone with an email address -- prompting those users to download the app -- and conceals the contents of messages until they swipe to select it. It also alerts senders when screenshots are attempted and sends read receipt messages so senders know when their message is read.

The company is pitching Confide as an app for business executives and others to send messages to each other that they would prefer HR or legal departments not find out about.

Gigaom writes:
Brod added that 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.

To address the issue of screenshots, which can provide a way to preserve disappearing messages, Confide uses a “wand” feature that requires recipients to pass their fingers over the message to reveal additional words. The app also includes a notice feature, common among other disappear apps, that alerts the sender if the recipient took a screenshot of the message.
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Confide for iPhone is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 10 months ago
[LIST=1]
[*]Confide releases an app with ephemeral text messages
[*]Confide gains mild popularity
[*]Snapchat adds support for ephemeral text messages
[*]Confide goes away
[/LIST]

I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE

Never start a company oriented around trying to fill a minor gap in a competing product. It doesn't work out.

Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago
Record the secret message with another iPhone's video camera. :D
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago

Protecting against screenshots is something that cannot be done. There is video, etc. This shows that their philosophy and vision is lacking in the sense that they somehow assumed the receipt to be an adversary which is a very bad assumption. This is what I am talking about.


But it doesn't matter. Putting some protection against screenshots is just an added casual deterrent. It's silly to argue the "if it can't be done 100%, it shouldn't be done". It's like saying why put a lock on a house if it has windows -- since you can easily break the window and get in. It still serves a purpose.

arn
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago
So they basically put orange lipstick on Snapchat and called it business-class?
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago

It's not really about trust. Some things you might not want logged.

Here's the use cases listed on the site:


Here's some use cases that we were probably all thinking about, but that wouldn't be prudent to market.

You don't want your wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend seeing the texts from your girlfriend/boyfriend

Or maybe you don't want the police coming to find you when your drug dealer gets pinched.

:eek:
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago
So if you find this on your spouse's phone ...

... they are planning a surprise party for your birthday.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago
It doesn't matter how many of these apps come about.

There will never be a way to send messages over the net that cannot be logged somehow. Period.

If what you're going to say can be damaging if it gets to people who shouldn't have it, the only current solution is to discuss it in person. And even in that case, the room could be bugged, or the person you're talking to can betray you and have a wire on him.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago

Record the secret message with another iPhone's video camera. :D


hate to admit but i did that a couple of times with snapchat :D:o
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago

It's a way to automatically delete confidential messages rather than leaving it up to the users to do it in enterprise environments etc. You know, computers are meant to make our lives easier by assisting us in our work?

Option 1. All messages are logged. Users have to manually delete messages.
Option 2. No messages are logged. Messages are automatically deleted without requiring user intervention.

Option 2 is a better solution for the things Arn mentioned (e.g. HR issues at work). It's not if the 2nd party shares the information but more their stupidity if they forget to delete a confidential message and their account gets hacked or they leave their message client open unattended for someone to snoop in and read.


Wow, I can't believe two different people have misread/misunderstood my comment. Did I write something wrong?

I have nothing against auto-prune; it is great. It is something I'd been imagining myself but I don't more resources to invest in a startup so I let it go. I am not talking about self-destructive messages or conversations. I am referring to the gimmick and a totally wrong foundation that they have built their features on. Protecting against screenshots is something that cannot be done. There is video, etc. This shows that their philosophy and vision is lacking in the sense that they somehow assumed the receipt to be an adversary which is a very bad assumption. This is what I am talking about.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 10 months ago


Never start a company oriented around trying to fill a minor gap in a competing product. It doesn't work out.

Vine.
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