New App Confide is like Snapchat for text messages, Download it Free in the App Store
Confide (4 stars with 226 User Ratings)
Could creator Jon Brod have chosen a better time to release Confide? The free offering just became available in the App Store, and it offers a new avenue of private messaging for those who may have become disenchanted with Snapchat over the recent security breach… While Confide doesn’t deal in pictures like Snapchat, it does its damndest at offering a secure way to communicate off-the-record.
Confide’s self-destructing text messages never touch the cloud, and according to Jon Brod, the messages contained behave most like those we might exchange in person:
“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.”
It’s a very simple pitch, and one thats buoyed by Confide’s special offerings like “swipe-to-reveal.” This feature of the app makes it more difficult (but maybe not impossible) for screenshots to be taken of your text messages, and thus offers a workaround to the missing iOS 7 API that might allow developers to shut the option off completely. In Confide, swipe-to-reveal also makes private messaging feel more fun and secretive—which is cool even if your intended usage will be mainly professional.
What about the security flaws we saw play out around Snapchat’s Find Friends phone number feature? In Confide, you’ll make your connections via email, and never by searching phone contacts. This adds yet another layer of privacy that should protect Confide from the sort of catastrophe currently being experienced at Snapchat.
Have you been looking for a more confidential way to communicate through text? If so, we don’t see why Confide shouldn’t be it.