Whenever an iOS users words like theming, encryption and tweaks, it is usually assumed that only people with jailbroken iDevices can enjoy such things. So, it is always a pleasant surprise when an alternative to such features comes for users who don’t have access to the Cydia store. Black SMS is one such iPhone app, which will let you send and receive encrypted text messages, and ensures that no one else can read your personal conversations without your consent. It’s true that both users need to have the app in order to communicate securely, but since it’s free, that shouldn’t prove to be too much of an issue if both parties have a jailbroken iPhone. Black SMS ensures that you can leave your phone lying around anywhere, without even putting a passcode on the lock screen, and no one will be able to read your personal conversations without knowing the encryption code. Head past the break to learn more about this must-have app for the privacy-conscious.
Black SMS isn’t too messy and has a pleasant interface. It is also really easy to use. Just launch the app, and you will be given all the necessary instructions on its main page. First of all, you have to choose a password, which can vary from conversation to conversation. After you have done that, tap the main area of the screen and enter the desired text message. Now, hit the Encrypt and Send button, and you will be taken straight to the stock Messages app. Key in the recipient’s name there and then send the text. One of the best things about the app is that you can use it to send encrypted texts to more than one contacts at a time. However, it is necessary that all the recipients have got Black SMS as well, as otherwise they won’t be able to decipher the message for reading.
When you receive a message via Black Message, only a black image will be shown on the screen. You have to copy it and then go to the app. Once there, hit the Decrypt from Copied Black SMS button, and you will know what was written in the secret message. A bit too much work, but if you absolutely don’t want anyone else to read your private SMS conversations, do give Black SMS a try, specially given the fact that it is a free app.
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