Redact is a new messaging service for Android and iOS claiming to be “the world’s first totally secure instant messenger application.”
Using a combination of encryption, ciphers and peer to peer messaging, Redact is capable of sending messages from one phone to another without passing through any central servers. Messages you have sent or received can be redacted from both handsets at the touch of a button – to be forever lost in the abyss with no method of recovery.
What’s more, there are no ways of refusing or avoiding a redaction, so you can be sure you’re messages have been deleted forever.
Redact is uniquely positioned within the messaging market, and while it’s unlikely to take on the likes of What’s App – it’s secure service is a notable selling point.
The app’s listing explains: “All instant messaging apps store messages you’re sending to your contacts. No matter how securely these messages are saved, they’re vulnerable to hackers or government subpoenas. Redact stores no messages, contact information or usernames so there is no information to be stolen.”
“Redact never asks for a username, email of phone number, but you’re automatically assigned a PIN. Your unique number is never stored anywhere, and there is no recovery tool for hackers to exploit. Only you can change your alias, so you can be certain contacts aren’t using your real name anywhere in the application.”
Security like this comes at a cost, and the app is priced at £3.99 in Google Play. But if you’re looking for complete control over your sent and received messages, then Redact could be the app for you.