We try hiding our secrets with ‘Confide,’ the Snapchat of text and emailing

confide app review ios

You may think that sext you’re sending to HottieFoSho is private, and all that trash talking you make about your boss will never get out, but the Internet is not a well-sealed pipe. The things you say in texts and emails are not always just between you and your recipient. That can be a problem for those who have things to say that are probably best to not be shared with the masses. Confide is an app that understands this, and is offering a Snapchat-like texting app with words that disappear after being read.

Here’s how it works: To start, you have to give Confide access to your email contacts, and connect it to Facebook. Yes, there is some irony in a privacy-centric app asking to access all of your social contacts. If you can get over that, Confide acts a lot like a standard messenger app. Sending a message is similar to writing an email with a line for the recipient(s), subject title, and message. When it’s received, text is censored at first and revealed one word at a time as the recipient scrolls over the message. The process is inconvenient and requires you to basically memorize the text as you go, so it’s not great for long messages. Once it’s viewed, it’s gone forever.

Once opened, the sender is provided with a receipt that confirms a message has been viewed. If any effort is made to preserve the message with a screenshot, the sender is alerted to this (just like Snapchat), though there’s not much to capture with so few characters actually visible at a time.

Despite being burdensome, the requirement to wand over text is actually a fairly ingenious means of assuring privacy though it does leave the potential for screen captures to take your words out of context without the rest of the message visible. It’s also a solution that would only work with text. If Snapchat revealed pictures just chunks of pixels at a time, it would likely be long forgotten at this point.

Rather than take the same approach as an app like Snapchat and pushing into the crowded social networking niche, Confide is trying to be an app for business people and professionals. This doesn’t mean you can’t use it for personal private messages, but Confide is chasing the suits and briefcase crowd. It’s helped by a solid design and straightforward feature set. There’s no real bells and whistles to Confide; Just the text you send, the text you receive, and some simple settings options.

Despite being burdensome, the requirement to wand over text is actually a fairly ingenious means of assuring privacy.

The business focus is sure to create some questions about how people are using Confide. The developer suggests its for “honest, unfiltered, off-the-record conversations” between colleagues, which is probably a nice way of saying it’s for gossip. But there’s definitely the possibility of anti-competitive or insidious conversations taking place on it – or more insidious than talking smack about how Steve from accounting has terrible taste in music, at least. Far be it from us to hold an app responsible for what it’s users do, but the “private messaging for business people” pitch conjures up images of back alley dealings and sketchy affairs.

Confide is not a feature-rich app. It does exactly what it promises and nothing more than that. But it does it well. Though scrolling over text to read it could be more convenient, it does add confidentiality. As far as sending secret messages goes, it doesn’t get much easier than Confide. Whether you’re a professional with some inappropriate office talk to offer, you’re sharing some sensitive information with a friend, or you just want to pretend you’re Inspector Gadget, Confide is good for sending messages that self destruct.

Confide is available for iOS for free from the iTunes App Store.

Gaming

As deaf gamers speak up, game studios are finally listening to those who can’t

Using social media, personal blogs and Twitch, a small group of deaf and hard-of-hearing players have been working to make their voices heard and improve accessibility in the gaming industry.
Movies & TV

Peter Dinklage gets cryptic about two 'Game of Thrones' characters' fates

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable -- if you don't mind spoilers.
Home Theater

Learn how to calibrate your home theater speakers for sheer audio bliss

Make your home theater rumble just right with our manual speaker setup guide, a simple, step-by-step walkthrough to getting the most from your audio equipment without needing to rely on imperfect automatic calibration.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Mobile

The Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof, so now you can read it in the tub

Amazon released a new version of the Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader, boasting improved software, more storage, and a feature that customers have been asking for: Waterproofing.
Deals

Verizon’s buy one, get one offer is the best deal on the new Google Pixel 3

If you need a new smartphone and want the best (without shelling out a grand or more), the new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are fantastic options. Verizon's BOGO offer is the best way to score a deal, letting you snag a free phone and save…
Social Media

YouTube is back after crashing for users around the world

It's rare to see YouTube suffer serious issues, but the site went down around the world for a period of time on October 16. It's back now, and we can confirm it's loading normally on desktop and mobile.
Mobile

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Flagship fight

When it comes to stunning flagships, Samsung and Huawei are often the first names the come to mind. And the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro is no exception. So how does it compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9? We put the two to the test to find out.
Mobile

Here’s how Google’s Call Screening A.I. works, and how to use it

Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones can take excellent photos, but there are a few artificial intelligence features that steal the show. Call Screening uses Google Assistant to answer the phone for spam calls.
Mobile

Key settings you need to change on your Sony Xperia XZ3

The first thing you need to do when you buy a new phone is dig into the settings and customize it to your liking. We’ve got step-by-step instructions for tweaking key settings on your Sony Xperia XZ3 right here.
Photography

Adobe MAX 2018: What it is, why it matters, and what to expect

Each year, Adobe uses its Adobe MAX conference to show off its latest apps, technologies, and tools to help simplify and improve the workflow of creatives the world over. Here's what you should expect from this year's conference.
Gaming

Huawei thinks its Mate 20 X is better than the Nintendo Switch

Huawei positioned its Mate 20 X, a gaming-centric smartphone, as a Nintendo Switch killer, calling it "the best portable gaming machine." The Mate 20 X has better design specs than the Switch, but it also comes with a steep price.
Mobile

These are the best LG V40 ThinQ cases to stop unsightly damage

The LG V40 ThinQ is the latest entry in LG's long line of great V series phones, but it's not invincible. The best way to protect it from potential damage is with one of the best LG V40 ThinQ cases.
Mobile

With Spotify for WearOS, you no longer need your phone to stream music

A Spotify app will soon be available for download on Wear OS smartwatches. Whether you're working out or lounging at home, you'll soon be able to access and control your music straight from your wrist.