Let’s face the facts: most kids don’t spend a whole lot of time on Facebook and Twitter anymore. We know this because people don’t want their information shared with the entire world.
Self-destructing messaging apps with end-to-end encryption are taking over; these are apps that automatically destruct messages when the receiver reads them and/or sets a limit for how long the receiver can see a message before it gets deleted.
Both kids and young adults use them to prevent certain people (i.e. parents, and future employers, etc.) from seeing things in their chat histories.
These apps are dangerous in their own ways. Some of them aren’t as private as they say they are, while others might be too powerful for their own good.
We chose the 6 that give you the most variety in their usage and the ones we can all learn from the most.
So without any further ado, here are 6 self-destructing messaging apps your kid might have on their phone.
We’ve all heard of Snapchat. (It is the ultimate self-destructing messaging app.)
Snapchat is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world and is by far the most well-known self-destructing messaging app out there.
It’s so well-liked within the younger generations that, in 2016, Snapchat surpassed Facebook’s number of video views per day (10 billion vs. 8 billion).
It attained its popularity once people learned they had the option to share videos and photos in a ‘safe’ online environment with all kinds of lenses and face effects. You can set timers for these photos and videos to self-destruct once the person received it.
This allows teens and young adults to share goofy or embarrassing photos without the risk of them going public.
In a nutshell, Telegram is WhatsApp with the ability to self-destruct messages.
There are a number of cool features you can use in the app. Its features includes a Secret chats section. This part of the app includes a self-destruct timer, which basically gives recipients a limited amount of time to read the message.
To use the timer, click the three-dotted button in a secret chat and tap ‘Set self-destruct timer.’ All the message you send afterwards will be received and self-destructed in that amount of time once the recipient opens the message.
Wickr is a private messenger worth discussing… for good reason.
In one of their YouTube videos, they mention how end-to-end encryption is important, but it doesn’t tell the full story.
The real challenge is to distribute the user’s encryption key securely; an encryption key is what turns the data in your text message into an unreadable text, making it impossible for the human brain to understand.
Wickr has not one, not two, but five different encryption keys for every message you send.
It goes above and beyond limits by not only encrypting the message, but by adding more layers so that the sender knows that the recipient is the only person to decrypt the message.
In cryptography, this is called perfect forward secrecy. No one will be able to surveil the messages you send: not the FBI, not the NSA, not even Wickr themselves!
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