Take Control Over Your Texts with Disappearing Text Apps
As more and more people rely on texting to communicate and share info, texting security has become a growing concern. Once a text is sent, it can be stored on the recipients’ phone indefinitely. If you’ve sent personal info (or photos) to someone, you run the risk of your information getting in the wrong hands, after all, phones get lost and stolen all the time.
Disappearing text apps are gaining popularity largely in response to privacy concerns while others find these apps to be a fun new way to text. Some of the most notable disappearing text apps are Wickr, Gryphn, and SnapChat.
Wickr is a free app for iPhones that offers military-grade encryption on text, photos, and audio and video messages. Wickr requires both the sender and receiver to have the app in order to decrypt sent messages. Wickr allows you to have control over how long a message can be seen so you can be confident your personal communications won’t be out there forever.
Gryphn is Droid’s offering to the disappearing text app world. Gryphn, like Wickr, is a free text encryption app that requires both the sender and receiver to have it installed to use. Gryphn offers a self-destruct setting for sent images and disables screenshots. You can control whether or not the receiver will be able to save your texts.
Though many disappearing text app users like these apps for the security and privacy they offer, thousands more are joining the trend for the pure fun of it. SnapChat is one of the leading disappearing text apps with more than 150 million photos being sent by users a day.
If you haven’t heard of SnapChat yet, it is an app that allows users to communicate in a fast paced, fun way using snapshots or video. With SnapChat you can send photos or videos to other SnapChat users. These pictures or videos will self-destruct after a set amount of time, up to 10 seconds.
Many users treat SnapChat like a game by taking abstract pictures for friends to try to figure out, while others use SnapChat to try to crack their friends up by taking funny pictures. Though SnapChat images will disappear after 10 seconds, users should be aware that SnapChat will not disable the screenshot function or prevent users from taking a photo of a sent image with another device, however, SnapChat will inform you if a screenshot has been taken.
The app is currently free to download for both Apple and Android users and it’s one of the leading apps amongst the top 10 apps for smartphones.
When it comes to texting, you have no control over what happens to your texts once you hit send. With disappearing text apps you can get control over your texts so you can feel confident your sent information won’t end up in the wrong hands.
— By Stephanie Willingham
Stephanie Willingham is a contributing writer for a variety of industry blogs. She has professional experience in the medical and financial fields.