We were hoping that one positive outcome of the Anthony Weiner sexting debacle would be that, if you can’t keep it in your pants, at least keep it off the Web. And if you can’t do that, it’s time to get better tech to help protect your private…er, messages.
Fortunately, app developers feel your pain and have been spitting out a rash of secure messaging apps, all of which promise military-grade encryption of your messages and the ability to self-destruct. There are other uses for these apps other than cheating. For example, you might want to use one to plan a surprise party for your bestie, or organize a launch event for a top-secret product. No matter your intentions, these apps can give you peace of mind when carrying out clandestine communications with your partners in crime.
The phenomenally popular Snapchat photo-sharing app — which allows you to quickly send images or videos to your friends that will disappear in seconds — has been downloaded by some 8 million U.S. users. Although intended to facilitate "a connection between friends," according to Snapchat's About page, the app has been widely used to send naughty images, thanks to the fleeting nature of its messages.
You will be informed if/when someone takes a screenshot of your Snapchat, and you can block strangers and specific friends from sending you images. You can only send pictures via Snapchat, so if you want to text, you'll have to turn to another app.