How to Tiger-proof text messages

A US company has launched a ‘TigerText iPhone’ application that enables you to kill text messages after sending them.

A California start-up company has launched a ‘TigerText iPhone’ application that will enable its users to kill text messages after they have been sent out.

Jeffrey Evans, the founder of the company, X Sigma Partners, told AFP that this smartphone program was named prior to the Tiger Woods’ philandering scandal that exploded after he crashed his SUV outside his home in Florida.

Numerous women who claimed he had committed adultery with them, produced test messages allegedly sent to them by Woods as proof of their claims.

“I understand part of the reason people want to talk about it (the new softwear) is because of its name, but this is not about people trying to cheat,” Evans said of the TigerText launch.

“If you send a private text message it should stay private.” for the iPhone is a text message trail-covering application which, say its softwear developers, will become available for BlackBerry smartphones and any others running on Android software in March.

“Tigers are notoriously difficult animals to track,” the developers said, underlining the fact that the application was being launched in the Lunar Year of the Tiger.

“TigerTexts are difficult to track as well.”

Receivers of the messages are called on to download the TigerText application for free in order to read the text, which does not get sent directly to their iPhones, but to the TigerText company’s servers where it can be erased whenever the sender wishes.

For the first time sent messages can be deleted on demand or be set to automatically vanish after a specified period.

A “delete on read” feature starts a 60 second countdown when a text message is opened and then erases it when the countdown reaches nought

An additional feature of TigerText messages is that they cannot be saved, copied or forwarded by their recipients.

“Ninety-nine percent of what people want to keep private has nothing to do with cheating on a spouse or doing anything illegal,” Evans said.

“How many times have you sent someone a text message and told them after they read it to delete it?”

Evans said the original idea that inspired the development of the new application came from the years he spent working in job placement and seeing how extensively employers search the Internet for comments and other information about job seekers.

“Text messages are conversations with another person; the problem is they live forever,” Evans said. “I thought it would be great if messages would self-destruct in 60 seconds.”

“When the message is gone from us, it’s gone,” he added .

How will TigerText make money?

There will be no charge for receiving messages, but the service will cost senders $1.49 per 250 messages sent monthly or $2.49 per month for an unlimited number of text messages.