How To Make Text Messages Self-Destruct

Lauren A.E. Schuker reports for the Wall Street Journal on a new text messaging service that claims to keep your secrets safe:

TigerText Inc., which can send texts that vanish from both the sender and receiver’s phone after a select period of time so they can’t be copied or forwarded, has developed a niche following among celebrities trying to keep their lives private. About half a million people have downloaded the service, which was started in February 2010 by four Los Angeles businessmen.

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  • Anonymous

    Wait, what? It disappears from the servers and everything? OMFG what a bullcrap. Such thing does not exist, incase anyone believed it at all.
    Even one of Dan Browns first books (about the NSA and the huge code cracking computer, I don’t remember the name) also had such thing. It would email someone, then send back where it landed, and destroy itself. So you could see what mailbox an anonymous mailbox went to. It’s been asked often enough after that, and this just doesn’t exist.
    This could only work if the clients (receivers’) software supported this, which might be the case if windows/iOS/symbian/android and iOS implimented it.. but thats not gonna happen.

    And even if this were real, I don’t see any use of it. They say doctors could communicate privately… wait what? Their messages are encrypted regardless, tigertexted or not. The self-destruct doesn’t make it more secure, it only makes it inconvenient because you can’t look anything up anymore. But noone except the doctor could read the message anyway, so whats the point.

    Epic fail vid.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, what? It disappears from the servers and everything? OMFG what a bullcrap. Such thing does not exist, incase anyone believed it at all.
    Even one of Dan Browns first books (about the NSA and the huge code cracking computer, I don’t remember the name) also had such thing. It would email someone, then send back where it landed, and destroy itself. So you could see what mailbox an anonymous mailbox went to. It’s been asked often enough after that, and this just doesn’t exist.
    This could only work if the clients (receivers’) software supported this, which might be the case if windows/iOS/symbian/android and iOS implimented it.. but thats not gonna happen.

    And even if this were real, I don’t see any use of it. They say doctors could communicate privately… wait what? Their messages are encrypted regardless, tigertexted or not. The self-destruct doesn’t make it more secure, it only makes it inconvenient because you can’t look anything up anymore. But noone except the doctor could read the message anyway, so whats the point.

    Epic fail vid.

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