SnapChat Like Service for Sharing Documents
Emails and most other digital communications have a nasty habit of lingering, as the Sony hacks recently proved, leaving little besides face-to-face conversations as an untraceable alternative. Confide, however, has created a Snapchat-style app for the enterprise world, and the technology just got a key update.
In order to view a message, the recipient must have a unique key residing in their phone that’s obtained by downloading Confide. (If they’re not already users of the free app, they’ll be prompted to download it.) Once that key is present, the message gets decrypted.
If the viewer of the message tries to take a screenshot, at most a single sliver of the content can be captured. Just making that attempt gets the viewer kicked out of the message, and an alert is sent to both parties notifying them that a screen shot was attempted.
The Confide app was first launched about a year ago, but it wasn’t until this 3.0 update that it added the ability to share photos and documents, which can be attached from Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive and other document-storage services. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF formats are all supported.
The existing version of the app is now used in more than 130 countries and localized in 17 languages; half its usage is international.
Of course, it must be noted that Snapchat was hacked, despite its apparently privacy-preserving focus. Whether fears of a similar attack on Confide’s technology cause professionals to hesitate remains to be seen.
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