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Privatext launches for Android, promises ultra-secure expiring messages
In the wake of Snapchat’s security concerns related to the partial leak of 4.6 million user phone numbers, we imagine there are a number of folks that now consider themselves former-Snapchat fans, with no plans to go back to using the service.
To Snapchat’s credit, they have since released an app update and an apology of sorts, but arguably the damage is already done. For those that liked the idea of expiring messages but aren’t so keen on Snapchat, there are a few alternatives out that offer a similar experience. One of these alternatives is Privatext, a service that first launched for iOS back in June and has now finally made its way over to Android.
The idea behind Privatext is to create a secure platform for sending messages that you don’t want to leave behind a record of. Privatext promises that it does not ever save the messages sent through its service, making them completely unrecoverable. This kind of service could come in handy when sending privileged information to colleagues, friends and family such as passwords, credit card numbers or whatever have you. Of course you can also send basic pictures and text messages.
What makes this different than Snapchat? In the words of Privatext’s CEO Justin Schwartz:
Privatext is for smartphone users who value their privacy and aren’t comfortable with every message they ever send being saved permanently. People may look to lump us in with other trending apps such as Snapchat because one of our many features is expiring picture messaging, but while other apps are catering to kids sharing pictures, Privatext is ushering in a communication revolution. Privatext isn’t for 12 year olds taking selfies. It’s for adults looking for a fast, simple, and exciting way to communicate with their friends, colleagues and family members without strangers having access to their messages.Having Privatext is a symbol of status. It means you’re important enough to send messages that are worth keeping private. If you’ve ever set a password on your phone, you should be using Privatext.
According to the app’s description, some of the other features for the service include ‘confirmation texting’ that ensures you are sending your text to the right person and unique encoding that is said to make it impossible for messages to be copied, saved or intercepted. There’s even an option to add an extra layer of security by adding password protection to the messages you send.
In their official press release for their Android launch, Privatext was sure to point out that the service has become popular among some celebrities as well, with Brad Delson of Linkin Park and Adam Richman of “Man vs. Food” both endorsing the service.
Privatext Empowers Mobile Consumers with the Most Secure, High Performance Messaging Solution on Android Market
App gains momentum among celebrities, businesses as well as consumers
New York, Jan. 22, 2014 – Based on popular demand, the fastest growing app for sending secure text and images between mobile consumers Privatext, is now available on Google Play for the Android platform after a successful launch on the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
Unlike old fashioned SMS texting and text messaging apps, which keep pictures and messages cached on a user’s device, no images or texts sent using Privatext could ever be recovered after being deleted. This finding was confirmed by Decipher Forensics, a leading technology security company, which concluded that all conversations within Privatext are private and unrecoverable.
Popular within the entertainment industry as well as everyday consumers, the interest in Privatext may be indicative of the increased need for privacy given recent scandals and leaks among celebrities, political figures and the NSA.
“Hands down a better way to talk with my thumbs,” said Brad Delson of Grammy Award winning rock band Linkin Park.
When asked about Privatext, television personality and “Man vs. Food” host Adam Richman said, “Best app. I have to say that with the texts etc. my crew and I send each other, I have to thank my Privatext app for keeping me out of trouble! ”
“Privatext is for smartphone users who value their privacy and aren’t comfortable with every message they ever send being saved permanently. People may look to lump us in with other trending apps such as Snapchat because one of our many features is expiring picture messaging, but while other apps are catering to kids sharing pictures, Privatext is ushering in a communication revolution. Privatext isn’t for 12 year olds taking selfies. It’s for adults looking for a fast, simple, and exciting way to communicate with their friends, colleagues and family members without strangers having access to their messages. Having Privatext is a symbol of status. It means you’re important enough to send messages that are worth keeping private. If you’ve ever set a password on your phone, you should be using Privatext,”said Privatext CEO Justin Schwartz.
With its encryption and deletion technology, Privatext is the most secure way to communicate via smartphone both personally and professionally, without having to worry about your conversations being saved permanently. Additional layers of security include PIN refresh and Confirmation Texting to protect you from messaging the wrong person, and the ability to clear messages instantly. In the event that you send a message to the wrong contact, you can clear the message from the recipient’s phone, before they ever get a chance to view it.
Overly simple to use yet sophisticated in engineering, Privatext empowers its users to set the lifespan of their messages so they can’t be saved, intercepted or forwarded by deleting them off the sender’s and recipient’s phones, as well as Privatext’s servers, whenever the user chooses. In Privatext, messages can only be sent between Privatext users, ensuring privacy and preventing messages from reaching unwanted recipients.
Key features, functionalities and benefits of Privatext include:
· Unprecedented Control & Management – Users can choose the lifespan of their messages, ranging from 30 seconds, to 24 hours. Users can choose to have their message lifespans start counting down either from when their messages are sent, or when they’re read.
· Ability to Clear Messages Sent to Wrong Contact – Users can also clear messages at any time within Privatext, regardless of whether or not the recipient has read them.
· Password Protected Messaging – Gives users additional security if they enable this option.
· Confirmation Texting- Protection against messaging the wrong person.
· No Traceability – Privatext makes screen captures irrelevant by hiding contacts’ PINs so that only the Privatext user can ever truly know the identity of the sender.
· Revolutionary Contact Management with PIN Update Option – Users have the power to change their PIN at any time, with all of their contacts instantly having their newly updated PIN. Having this option gives them the security of knowing that in the event a user wishes to sever ties with a contact, it can be easily deleted. Once refreshed, the contact will not be able to request the user again.
· Speed – Privatext is significantly faster than old fashioned texting.
· Free Unlimited Text and Picture Messaging – Free unlimited text and picture messaging is included with the download of the Privatext app.
· Personal Privacy Guarantee – Unlike numerous other apps, Privatext guarantees that they will never compile or sell any of your personal information.
Privatext (www.privatext.co) is a NYC-based provider of innovative and secure messaging solutions for business and consumer markets. For small and large companies, Privatext offers enterprise solutions that minimize the risks and liabilities created by employees using text messaging for business purposes.