A new iPhone app, Black SMS, attempts to keep your private SMS conversations undercover, by literally covering them in a black shroud until you’re ready to read them.
Everyone has their secrets. Whether you’re trying to plan a surprise birthday party for a friend or a rendezvous with your secret lover, sending or receiving a text message can sometimes make a conversation public that you wish had stayed private.
The $.99 app sends what appears to be blacked-out messages using Apple’s iMessage. When you receive a black SMS you then copy the message from your Messages folder, and then paste it into the Black SMS app to reveal what it actually says.
Much like the invisible ink of the past, reading a message will also require a decoder in the form of a password, so if someone gets ahold of your phone and figures out the Black SMS message app, he or she still will need to know the password in order to read the secret tweets.
Check out the video above to see how the app works.
While the app could certainly come in handy for situations where you want to keep conversations under wraps, it is also likely to draw attention to the fact you’re having secret conversations in the first place. An inquisitive friend (or girlfriend) is probably likely to question why you’re getting blacked out messages, potentially drawing more attention to the messages than they might have received already.
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