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By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Privacy-focused messenger secure, but sketchy for kids.

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  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays personalised advertising.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

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Loads of features make this messaging app secure and private, but those very features make it riskier for teens. Confide has a lot going for it: a clean interface, straightforward functionality, total message security, and hey—it's free! Unfortunately, the things that make it a businessman's dream make it a parent's nightmare.

With Confide, kids can pass digital notes—including pictures, videos, and other kinds of attachments—back and forth without leaving any kind of “paper” trail for you to follow. The possibilities for predator use alone should set off alarm bells. So as far as Confide's usefulness goes, context is everything. Used by adults either in a private or professional setting -- or between family members concerned about data privacy -- it could be a very useful tool. But there are other secure messaging apps that offers the security you want without going into “Mission Impossible" territory. So, though it's a thoughtfully made app that's essentially safe for teens to use with known contacts you trust, it is a concern if you want to be able to see what your teen is up to.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 1, 2013
  • Category: Other
  • Publisher: Confide Inc.
  • Version: 8.3.6
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: July 22, 2019

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