Monday, February 17, 2014

Backchat and Snapchat: for security, they cut both ways

The Washington Post on Monday has an article by Cecilia Kang on the growth of apps that allow anonymous transmission of images, text, or both, that then disappears.  The link is here

I don't use these sites, because I don't communicate anonymously, and I don't have any use for content that won't be saved.  If you want to have a conversation, have a real one. 
    
One new example is “Backchat” in the Google store here. (Note that “backchat.com” is just a parked domain for link revenue, not the right site.)  Of course, everybody has been talking about Snapchat. Some observers feel that these sites will make it even harder to control cyberbullying, and making taunts, whose audit trail disappears. 
  
Others feel that it improves safety, because the messages and images do disappear in a short time, making them invisible to employers or schools.  Perhaps keeping them away from police and the NSA won’t be as simple.  The government could object that it makes it easier for terrorists to hide instructions for attacks (much as with earlier fears about steganography right after 9/11). 


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