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[liberationtech] Will this work, or just hype?

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Sat Feb 12 13:28:04 PST 2011


  This Text Message Will Self Destruct In 60
Seconds<http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/this_text_message_will_self_destruct_in_60_seconds.php>
By Mike Melanson<http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/author/mike-melanson.php>
/
February 11, 2011 2:34 PM
 [image: tg-text-pro-15x150.JPG]

The self-destructing message, whether a piece of paper that mystically
disintegrates at the appropriate moment or the microfiche that goes up in a
poof of smoke, is a staple of any spy movie and a childhood wish of my own.
TigerText <http://www.tigertext.com/>, a private SMS app, has made my
childhood dream a reality.

The company, which has had a free app available, has brought this spy-novel
feature to the enterprise with this week's
release<http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/10/tigertext-unveils-enterprise-version-of-private-texting-service/>
of
an enterprise app.

According to TechCrunch<http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/10/tigertext-unveils-enterprise-version-of-private-texting-service/>,
the app lets users determine when and how the messages are deleted.
[image: tgtext-settings.jpg]

As we reported<http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/28/tigertext-raises-1-9-million-for-private-mobile-texting-network/>
last
year, TigerText's mobile apps allows users to send text messages or photos
that can then be deleted off both the sender's and receiver's phone after a
selected period of time. Once a sender selects the message lifespan (from 1
minute up to 30 days), expired messages are not only deleted from both
phones, but are not stored on any server and they cannot be retrieved once
expired. Users can also select a "Delete on Read" option, which will delete
the text 60 seconds after the recipient opens the message.

The latest version of the app caters to businesses by allowing users to
perform a one-time login to authenticate with the company. TigerText
describes the app as "a cross-platform collaboration tool for your
organization that allows you to deploy your own private, secure mobile
network where your employees can safely communicate on their existing mobile
devices within your company."
[image: tgtext-msgs.jpg]<http://rww.readwriteweb.netdna-cdn.com/images/tgtext-msgs.jpg>

"Text messaging, just like email, can be used against your organization,"
writes the company on its website. "If the messages no longer exist, there
is no risk of data breach or exposure."

The app is available on iOS, Android and Blackberry platforms and
administrators can manage user settings from the Web. It enters an
increasingly crowded space, with apps like Kik
<http://kik.com/>,Beluga<http://belugapods.com/>
 and GroupMe <http://group.me/> entering the free message game, but this one
has that special spin for the security-minded.

>From what we can tell, however, the app is missing one huge feature - the
little whisp of smoke, wafting out the crack of your phone case whenever a
message is deleted.
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