Deleting messages after they’ve been sent is all the rage these days. This is partly due to the fact that it seems to make conversations more organic, and partly due to the privacy craze that has sprug up in the wake of the NSA leaks. SnapChat’s success has created a wide market, in turn causing lots of alternative messaging services to spring up: ChatOn, Cyberdust, Poke, ClipChat, Wickr, Squawk… the list goes on and on.
While these services are more private than regular messaging, any computer programmer will tell you there is always a way around security if you are dedicated enough (just ask the NSA). Recently SnapChat was breached with more than 4 million users getting their information stolen and posted on the Internet, which means there is cause for concern when using any of these services.
If you are using a private messaging service, I would suggest migrating from one of the bigger ones (ie SnapChat) to something smaller. Hackers tend to go after the bigger fish, and when noone has heard of the service you are using it is probably a good thing (assuming they take adequate security precautions).
Wickr uses military grade encription and doesn’t ask for any personal information, two very big pluses in my book. One problem with Wickr is that the interface is a little lacking. Several companies, including Wickr and Cyberdust, claim they immediately delete your messages from their servers, which is also nice assuming it is true.
What are your thoughts on these clones? Do you think they are a fad or are they hear to stay? Which service do you prefer?
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