iPhone application protects text privacy

By Megan Conte
April 26, 2010

Have you ever sent a text message that said things that you wished you didn’t say, after you sent it? Have you also felt that you just wanted to disappear and erase that moment after you sent it? Well, a new iPhone application called “Tiger Text” could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

There are two main reasons behind creating this application; to protect privacy and to hide cheating in relationships. The application allows you to send and receive messages that delete when you want them to.

They will erase anytime from one minute to 30 days later. I wonder if this is the right application for the society we are living in today.

So, is this an application that everyone will be adding to their phones now?

In an interview with Time Magazine, Jeffrey Evans, the application’s developer, stated, “when that time comes, the message will be deleted from their phone, the recipient’s phone and where they sent it to and also from any servers in between. So when it’s gone, it’s gone.”

The truth is, this is not an application for someone to hide that they are cheating while in a relationship; it’s a way to protect ones privacy.  People today text just as much as they talk and texting can come back and haunt you, depending on what the text message says.

On the iPhone, anything you have ever sent can be brought back on the phone. This application allows messages not to be copied, forwarded or stored on the phone.  Regular text messages on other phones can be saved, forwarded and copied to other friends.

The name of this application was thought of way before the Tiger Woods scandal. It just so happens to have a coincidentally have the same name as the famous golfer. Woods is not happy with the application and it being associated with his scandal, according to Time Magazine.

Between this application and the delete history option, an iPhone user can get rid of any evidence they want. Teenagers today text all the time, and that includes drunk texting and sexting.

Evans is unsure if this is going to be a good application for teens to use but believes that this application will be used for lawyers, their clients and business people to protect privacy.

After reviewing how this application works, I could see the two different uses behind the application.

For the privacy of work life and personal life, it is a good application. Privacy is important. It seems as if nothing today is ever kept private.

As for teenagers using this application, I don’t feel like it is a good idea. It could increase the amount of drunken texting and lead to even more sexting. Some parent’s check their children’s phones, so this could prevent the parents from seeing what their children are sending.

The application is free for the first 15 days; after that it is $1.99 for 30 days or $19.99 for a year.

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