Privatext: The Secure Text Messaging App James Bond Would Use

Having messages intercepted is one of the greatest nightmares people could have in the 21st century. Fortunately, there’s Privatext, an app that sends self-destructing texts and images securely, so that no one else reads them.

There is a great possibility that governments intelligence agents collect private information and use it according to their wishes, thus literally wiping the floor with your privacy and violating blatantly the confidentiality of correspondence. One solution would be to go deep in the woods and live a secluded life away from all this evil technology. It would probably be easier to just use a private text messaging app such as Privatext.

The app employs end-to-end encryption, which means that there is a secure two-way transfer of both text messages and images. The temporized deletion of the text messages and pictures is an additional factor to the security of the transmitted data. Once the receiver reads the text message or sees the picture, the content is deleted from his device, from the one of the sender, as well as from the Privatext servers. Apple claims that iMessage uses a form of encryption that doesn’t allow even the company itself to decrypt, but how about the users of other mobile operating systems?

Among the features worth mentioning are the impossibility to forward or save the text messages and the fact that people won’t have to use their real names, as Privatext identifies them through a PIN. On top of that, the app does not access the contacts list and it’s possible to set passwords for both accessing the account and reading the text messages.

One of the possible downsides is that the text messages self-destruct after a period of time even if they have been read or not. In other words, don’t be upset if there’s nothing on the table after texting your better half “Honey, please prepare dinner for us!” through Privatext.

Privatext has been available on the iTunes Store for a few days now, despite the fact that its official launch only took place yesterday. Even though the app is free for personal use, the developers of Privatext also offer a paid version for enterprises. Why, oh why, must every app out there be first available on iOS and then on other mobile operating systems? Luckily, there are some good news for the Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry users, as the developer of Privatext supposedly has versions for all of these in the works.

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