Has sending a text message ever come back to bite you? If so, Mark Cuban’s new startup Cyber Dust wants to save you the trouble. The ephemeral messaging app launched today on Android alongside its existing iPhone counterpart.
Cyber Dust functions similar to Snapchat, but with a focus primarily on texting. Messages are erased after 30 seconds. The app sends “fully encrypted messages” and never saves the data to your device’s hard drive or a server. The Android app also disables screenshots to make it more difficult for recipients to capture evidence.
Cuban told Fox Business he came up with the idea for the app after his correspondence was taken out of context by the FCC in an insider trading case. Cuban was eventually cleared, but he decided to build a secure messaging product to prevent it from happening again in the future.