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Confide Review

Send self-destructing private messages with Confide

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Confide lets you send private text messages that self-destruct and can’t even be screenshotted. It’s a similar concept to Snapchat, but purely for sending text missives rather than photos or videos.

Finally, after several months of iOS exclusivity, the Android version is here and offers a similar experience with a couple of notable changes. Upon signing up, you need to verify your email address and phone number. The app then scans your contacts list for any Confide users. It can also be linked to your Facebook account to find users, but you’ll be glad to know that this process is encrypted so it can’t access any personal data.

The app permits you to send a message to any email address or phone number – even that of a non-user, although they’ll need Confide to view it. All messages are end-to-end encrypted and so can only be read by the intended recipient. Upon receiving a message,all the words have been covered with orange rectangles as if they’ve been censored. Revealing each word is easy, you only to swipe your finger across them, however only a fragment of a sentence is shown at a time, adding an extra level of privacy against anyone looking over your shoulder. You can reply to a message but not forward it. Once closed, the message is erased – on both your device and Confide’s servers.

One new addition in the Android app is the ability to share text that you’ve highlighted in an email, which is very handy. Another change from the iOS version is that the Android app blocks you from taking screenshots of a message; this also means that, unlike on iOS, it doesn’t alert the sender to your screenshot attempt and possible untrustworthiness. You do still get sent read receipts, though. Of course, the system isn’t foolproof: the recipient could always use another device to video the screen as they swipe through the message. However, it does help to prevent shoulder-surfing of messages by anyone nearby.

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