Confide 3.0 App Offers Leak-Proof File Sharing

One app that is attracting increased interest in the wake of the Sony hack is Confide, an app that developers say is specifically designed to "allow people to digitally communicate what they had historically only been comfortable saying on the phone or in-person."

In November, Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered a hack of confidential data from its servers so massive and headline-grabbing that it quickly merited its own Wikipedia entry. Much of the earlier coverage focused on the disclosure of high-level e-mails containing derogatory comments about various Hollywood stars (most notably Angelina Jolie).

Given the fallout from those revelations (including most recently the resignation of Amy Pascal, Sony's top film executive and one of the most quoted of the hacked e-mailers), it's not surprising that there is rising interest in communication tools that minimize or eliminate the risk of hacking.

Is Confide Truly Screenshot Proof?

In its first iteration, the Confide app was essentially like Snapchat for messages -- Snapchat being the popular app for sending a photo that then immediately disappears after being viewed. When one Confide user sent a message to another Confide user, the encrypted text would appear with a series of orange rectangles covering each word. To read the message, the recipient would drag a finger across the orange blocks, revealing the words underneath. Once the user read the message, it would self-destruct.

The Confide developers said that if someone tried to take a screenshot of the message, only a single line of text would be visible. Moreover, the instant someone took a screenshot, the app notified the sender and the message automatically self-destructed.

Earlier this week, Confide 3.0 was released, enabling users to attach a variety of documents and photos to the encrypted messages. The documents can only be opened a single time, and are viewed by dragging a finger across...

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