Private communication tools: self-destructing messaging apps

passwordArs Technica recently had a piece about the Australian Prime Minister running his own private email server. Politics aside, there was a paragraph that caught CMLE’s eye regarding self-destructing messaging apps. In the article, they talk about the messaging apps Confide and Wickr. Both of which use encryption to ensure privacy for their users. Confide promises that you can:

Communicate digitally with the same level of privacy and security as the spoken word. With encrypted messages that self-destruct, Confide gives you the comfort of knowing that your private messages will now truly stay that way.

Where as Wickr uses peer-to-peer encryption to promise that ” We protect messages with multiple layers of encryption and set your messages to expire by default.”

Is this the new level of messaging that will protect our privacy?

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