New Israeli messaging app can unsend photos

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Developed by YouMe, Sessme allows users to password-protect their content and remotely wipe regrettable messages.

Messages, pictures, and videos sent between smartphone owners have a habit of coming back to haunt their senders whether it is a young woman who sent an intimate photo to an vengeful ex-boyfriend or a disgruntled employee who complained about his boss to his colleague, who then forwarded the message to the higher-up in a bid to score points.

A new Israeli app, Sessme, promises to allow its users to message freely, without worrying that the content of their messages will be seen by the wrong pair of eyes, "Mako" reports. Sessme operates like most messaging apps, which allow users to chat with individuals or in groups, but includes the options to block screen captures and limit the forwarding of messages.

Users can choose to define a chat as public or private and can even password-protect specific chats to prevent others using their device from seeing them. Sensitive photos can been sent with a “mask” which replaces the actual image if a user tries to take a screenshot.

Another feature allows users to limit the image like Snapchat, meaning images are displayed only for a short time and while the user is touching the screen meaning they are unable to execute other actions while viewing the image.

And if a user sent a message, picture, or video that they regret they can erase them from all devices to which they were sent.

The downside to Sessme is that it must be used by everyone the user interacts with, as it cannot protect content sent from other apps.

The app was developed by Israeli startup YouMe and is available for free download on Android and iPhone. YouMe, which employs 20 workers, has invested $20 million in its development.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on October 24, 2015

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