by Kiet Chieng
March 2, 2010
Anyone familiar with Mission: Impossible has heard the famous lines, "this message will self destruct in 5 seconds." Now there's an app equivalent with TigerText. TigerText works simply by allowing the user control over sending sensitive and private text messages. Senders can specify a life span for the recipient to view the message. Once time expires, the message goes into self destruct mode and is gone forever. For this application to work, both the sender and receiver must have the application installed on their mobile device. Unlike texts sent over carrier airwaves, these messages don't reside on the sender or user's device or even on the carrier's servers. Messages are stored on the TigerText servers and once the sender has designated the message for deletion, it is permanently erased. The makers promise a purge every minute of the day to maintain privacy. The makers of the app claim the name of the app is a mere coincidence with the famous golfer, but used in a similar situation, this app could save anyone from any future embarrassments. TigerText is free to download in the App Store. Messages are always free to read but sending out texts will incur a monthly fee. After a first free 100 texts that you can use within 15 days, $1.49/month gets you 250 messages or get unlimited messaging for $2.49.