You know how between the beginning of the millennium and now, there have been countless cheating and sexting scandals leaked or exposed and thrown around the media? Well, that’s all about to stop, fortunately (the leaked part is going to stop, not the cheating part, sadly).
People aren’t going to stop sexting and sleeping around, but we will start to see a nice decline in these kinds of stories in the news – ephemeral sexting apps are popping up left and right, all racing to get as many downloads as possible. For your sake, I’d recommend trying at least one of them.
Intended to provide users ultra-secure messaging capabilities, these apps (Wickr, Cyber Dust, Wiper, etc.) are meant for people dealing with sensitive information like lawyers, activists, and those in the security industries, but they’re also revolutionizing sexting. While some people conduct their business on these secure apps, others take advantage of the privacy to get down and dirty, sexting to their heart’s content.
Sexting used to be conducted by text or email, but now that these apps are available to everyone, you have no excuses for why some dick pic you sent got leaked; these apps are here to prevent that from happening. (Anthony Weiner, I’m looking at you!)
Take for example the app Wickr, which allows you to send messages, photos, videos, and even documents that can expire after one second or up to 6 days, if that’s what you’re in to. Whether you need to send legal documents or that selfie is incriminatingly embarrassing, Wickr wants all of your messages, no matter the content, to be viewed only by you and with whoever you’re communicating.
Each message you send is encrypted out the yin yang, and when the receiver gets a message is the only time that message is decrypted; in other words, no one’s seeing your shit besides you and who you share it with. None of the messages you send are stored on Wickr’s servers either, and if you forgot your password, you’re screwed; if they allowed users to retrieve passwords, all of your security could be compromised (if a bad guy was trying to reset your password), so you better write it down on a sticky note somewhere.
You’d think that a company that created an app like this would be focused solely on security and just throw the user interface together in half an hour, but it’s actually incredibly easy to use; it’s the same as any other messaging app you’ve downloaded. Wickr, when you narrow it down, is essentially WhatsApp with secret spy-level encryption; if you’ve got drugs to sell or want to sleep with your wife’s cousin, Wickr is the app you need.
Now if you’re a regular person who doesn’t know any state secrets, but your girlfriend can’t stop snooping on your phone, there’s another app made just for you; introducing Cyber Dust, Mark Cuban’s newest business baby.
Owner of many, many things, Dallas Mavericks included, Mark Cuban knows what it’s like to have people peering at his stuff; he had to deal with the SEC looking at all of his texts and wanted to significantly lower his digital footprint because of it; that’s when Cyber Dust comes in. This app might not be as security-paranoid as Wickr, but it’s definitely more secure than your gym locker.
Every message you send in-app gets deleted forever and ever after 30 seconds, and no messages are stored on Cyber Dust servers- wait, the messages are deleted after 30 seconds?! Who green lit that idea?
Never mind that Cyber Dust can’t read my texts; I can’t read my texts in under 30 seconds (I’m an idiot, though, so there’s that), so frankly no one is going to read any texts ever on Cyber Dust.
If you’re gonna sext on Cyber Dust, do it fast.
So secure, not even you can read your sexts. “Cyber Dust…” *Peter Griffin voice*.
Finally we have Wiper, another secure messaging app, on a level similar to that of Cyber Dust in terms of security (let’s face it, Wickr is the guy with the tinfoil hat while the others are a bit more low key paranoid). It’s pretty much just like every other messaging app, but with some added safety precautions.
Unlike Cyber Dust, which does all of the cleaning and um, wiping, for you, Wiper needs the user to clear messages and other content. Seems kind of dumb, seeing how people use secure messaging apps because it takes care of the whole security thing for you, but Wiper wants you to be in charge of what stays and what goes.
With just a few taps, you can delete all messages, photos, everything shared on Wiper, on not only your phone, but the recipient’s phone and off of Wiper’s servers. So yeah, unlike Wickr or Cyber Dust, Wiper would prefer it if they got to keep your data, but if you want it deleted, you can delete it.
Unlike Cyber Dust or Wickr, Wiper tells you if the other person has taken a screenshot of the message thread, and if they forward a photo to someone that you sent them, you’re given a notification of not just when, but how many recipients there were; honestly, that’s about the best feature Wiper offers. Other than that, Wiper sucks; in fact, it sucks far worse than the freakin’ NBA team Mark Cuban owns (I mean, the guy OWNS AN NBA FRANCHISE).
Wiper is as secure as you let it be, which can be not secure at all. If you don’t delete those texts, Wiper sure won’t, and who knows what they do with the data on their servers.
These apps, among a few others, have revolutionized sexting; now there are no excuses for having a dick pic get leaked and thrown up all over the internet. With sexts that can be deleted forever by the user or even by the app itself, we should see a much needed decline in the number of local sexting app scandals; not on the part of the sexters, as that’ll never stop, but now there are many ways for you to manage the messages you send to people.
These ephemeral, secure messaging applications are used by people who value security or have trust issues, but will apps like these silence our fears or exasperate them? Will our collective trust dissipate just like the messages we send, or will it stick around?
I don’t know, I’m too busy encrypting my dick pics.