The problem with sharing files over the internet is that everything is permanent. Digify doesn't fix this issue, but it sure attempts to by taking the Snapchat approach to privacy and applying it to files. Rather than giving someone permanent access to a document, it gets a time limit from the sender and initiates a self-destruct at said time. It even goes so far as to provide information on who has opened the file and how long they've interacted with it. For the sake of convenience, users can also browse Dropbox and send a file all from within the app.

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Digify is smart enough to block the ever powerful screenshot command, and it shoots up a notification whenever such an incident occurs. Of course, someone could still get around this by taking a picture of the screen using some other camera, and another determined individual will probably be able to come up with a workaround using root access. So Digify still may not be quite as secure as the previous self-destruct method shown off in the trailer.

Nevertheless, the app provides a stringent set of controls, letting owners prevent recipients from downloading or sharing the files they've received. Time limits range from one minute up to one month, and senders are free to delete the files at any time. To top it off, all of this is available for free.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Floss

    If they did it properly, the files would be encrypted at rest so root shouldn't help. There is no getting around the screenshot issue of course.

    • Dan Bugglin

      Root access would be used to take screenshots of the screen without the app being able to notice or do anything. There are xposed modules for this IIRC.

  • nodoubtgetloud

    What if I start recording the screen before opening anything up?

  • Daniel Collins

    They used iMovie for this video...

    • 4WardNL

      The screens on the iPhone seem to move around as well :')