The Confide app was created last year by Howard Lerman and Jon Brod to enable temporary messaging for business users. The idea was to bring off-the-record mobile messaging into the enterprise but the app lacked a couple of features that their target audience actually needed, like allowing users share documents and images. Well, not anymore.
The most recent update to Confide, supports sharing of all sorts of new content. This improved upon version will allow users to send a wide range of different file types, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF documents.
Users can attach those documents from the phone itself, or from any number of cloud storage services. Confide connects with Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and OneDrive, among others. They’ll also be able to share images from their mobile phone’s camera and its photo library.
Users on the receiving end view files by scrolling down in the app, which reveals only a small portion of a document at a time. Users can zoom for more detail, but there’s no way for users to screenshot or forward documents that have been shared with them in the app. All the sent images and documents are end-to-end encrypted and disappear after they’ve been read.
With personal and business hacks getting more rampant (think Sony mail leaks), I doubt it will be that difficult to convince people and enterprises to adopt Confide. The Confide team still intends on keeping the consumer version free, but they believe there are certain features companies will be willing to pay for, and I totally agree.
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