Confide creates the iOS messaging app ‘screenshot proof’

Messaging app Confide, that was final year touted as a renouned choice in Trump’s White House for staff wanting to trickle intel to a press, has combined insurance opposite screenshotting to a iOS app.

The iOS app formerly put some stipulations on how users could screenshot essence when regulating a app — though full anti-screenshotting tech was singular to a Android app.

Not anymore, says co-founder Jon Brod. “ScreenShield is a collection of several opposite technologies that work together to forestall several screenshots and shade recording techniques,” he says, deliberating a new feature.

“There are many ways to constraint a screenshot or make a shade recording on iOS, and any process requires opposite handling. One of a newest impediment technologies that we combined to a toolkit utilizes a same calm insurance APIs already used by Netflix, iTunes Movies, and other video streaming apps. We have built on a underlying record to forestall constraint of other media forms including text, photos, documents, stickers, and more. Importantly, we are usually regulating open iOS APIs in a ScreenShield technology.”

Anti-screenshotting record like this is unequivocally only confidence theatre, of course.

Not slightest since all it takes is a second device, unfriendly though in tighten vicinity to a first, to snap divided and record a on-screen essence regardless.

Even so, Brod claims there’s still value in a feature, notwithstanding such an apparent loophole. “While zero is 100% foolproof, we trust a multiple of a end-to-end encryption, ephemerality, and now finish screenshot-prevention makes Confide the many private and secure follower available,” he claims.

However rather some-more critical charges of injured confidence were intended during a messaging platform last March — when researchers demonstrated it was probable to prevent encrypted Confide messages, and claimed a height could in fact decrypt and review users’ missives (rather undermining a end-to-end encryption claim).

Asked about this now, Brod says all a confidence issues lifted by a researchers were addressed “in a timely conform as shortly as they were reported to us final year”.

“Confide implemented reserve codes, that are a cryptographic crush that includes all open encryption keys for an account. Users can countenance a keys used by Confide‘s end-to-end encryption by ensuring that a reserve formula displayed on their device matches a one displayed on their contacts’ device. We also concede users to be told if a reserve formula for one of their contacts changes,” he tells us.

“We also underwent a extensive third-party confidence review including blackbox, greybox and whitebox testing, covering both a customer and server. The executive outline of a review is published on a site.”

And while a third-party review is a acquire development, a participation of such critical flaws in Confide’s crypto doing in a initial place stays concerning.

And for anyone with ongoing concerns about a robustness of a crypto, other end-to-end encrypted messaging apps are available.

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