How Kaboom is the Kim Possible of Self-Destructing Instant Messaging

“We launched Kaboom because today we want users to secure information securely and privately. To not only protect security, privacy and freedom, but also to help when people want to share pictures and messages”

CEO of Anchor Free, David Gorodyansky, on the launch of Kaboom ephemeral messaging app

I’m sure you’ve heard of Snapchat (Deer, 2013, February 7) and their messages and videos that disappear after a 24 hour period, Kim Possible Style. They are the No. 1 Mobile Social Network (Deer, 2014, December 10) based on their increasing Active Monthly users based on stats by analyst Global WebIndex.

Their services are slowly expand to include sending money via SnapCash (Deer, 2014, December 1) and they had revamped the best friend feature into Friends Emoji (Deer, 2015, April 8) as that’s super important in the lives of Teenagers.

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But suppose you just want to send a self-destructing IM (Instant Message) without all the drama of possibly having your private parts (Deer, 2014, October 11) exposed after an intermediary website gets hacked?

Then Kaboom (Cipriani, 2015), developed by the company Anchor Free GmBH which was founded by Russian-born entrepreneur David Gorodyansky (Hackett, 2015) , might be up your alley, as this service allows you to send self-destructing messages on any Mobile Social Network, so long as they allow you to send their links.

Kaboom by Anchor Free – How to send messages privately over Social Media

Makers of the popular VPN service Hotspot Shield (Hockenson, 2015) with over 300 million downloads, Kaboom is their latest offering.

It was launched as a free app that’s become available on both the Apple iTunes Store  and the Google Play Store on Thursday July 30th 2015 and believe it or not, it’s very easy to use.

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Other apps such as Snapchat and Wickr and Secret require you to commit to a complete new Social Network; Kaboom utilizes your pre-existing Social Networks in an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) fashion.

This allows you to send private messages over your pre-existing Social Networks, to quote CEO of Anchor Free, David Gorodyansky: “The problem though with them is they require users to leave existing messaging apps and come to a new one. We think this a mistake”.

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Your recipient doesn’t need to have the app installed as the service merely takes your message and sends it via your chosen Social Media Platform as a link, even via Facebook Messenger (Deer, 2015, April 12), Text messages and email. In this respect, it has something in common with Dmail (Deer, 2015, August 17), a service that does the same thing for Gmail emails but via encryption.

Like Snapchat, you basically set the timer that tells you when the message will disappear forever or after how many views of the message.

Kaboom disappearing Act – Screen capture and undeletable links ruin its Secrecy

The messages will also disappear from their servers, but the link as posted in your recipients Social Media Messaging platform won’t disappear as pointed out by CEO of Anchor Free, David Gorodyansky, quote: “When a user sets the amount of time or use until the picture disappears, that’s the rule for the servers to delete the picture. If it’s no longer available to be seen on Facebook, it’s no longer to be seen on servers”.

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Also, someone very clever can screenshot the message, thereby preserving it and giving it a second life, especially if was a set of unflattering pictures of yourself nude. Worse, the app STILL displays the sender’s first and last name (Hockenson, 2015) even after the message has expired.

So is this app is not such a great way to send secret messages. Apparently not, as screensaver app and your name on the actual link that doesn’t disappear can give you away. But at least Kaboom by Anchor Free is an option to having to commit to joining a whole new Mobile Social Network.

You just call me, beep me if you wanna reach me as you’ve always been accustomed to doing!

Here’s the link:

Kaboom on Google Play Store

Kaboom on Apple iTunes Store

References

  1. Cipriani, J. (2015, August 5). Send self-destructing messages with Kaboom. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/how-to/send-self-destructing-messages-with-kaboom/
  2. Deer, L. (2013, February 7). @Facebook gets Mission Impossible serious with Poke as the @Snapchat bringing “Sexting” back. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/02/facebook-gets-mission-impossible.html
  3. Deer, L. (2013, May 31). @Snapchat Leaked @Facebook page shut down but Snapchat Leaked website still live – Snapchat’s Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is really Much Ado About Nothing. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/05/snapchat-leaked-facebook-page-shut-down.html
  4. Deer, L. (2014, December 1). @Snapchat rolls out Snapcash – Teenagers and Millennials Mobile Money Catalyst for Digicel Jamaica’s Mobile Money Platform going Global. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/12/snapchat-rolls-out-snapcash-teenagers.html
  5. Deer, L. (2014, December 10). @globalwebindex indicates @Snapchat is King – Why @Tumblr and @Pinterest on the rise as @Facebook has higher engagement levels. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/12/global-web-index-indicates-snapchat-is.html
  6. Deer, L. (2014, October 11). 200,000 Naked Teenagers in @Snapchat’s Snappening – How Teenagers Private Parts got swiped by Child Pornography Admins in the Thomas Crowne Affair. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/10/200000-naked-teenagers-in-snapchats.html
  7. Deer, L. (2015, April 12). Now Facebook has a Messenger website for your Desktop. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/now-facebook-has-a-messenger-website-for-your-desktop/
  8. Deer, L. (2015, April 8). @Snapchat Best Friends is Friend Emojis – How @Beyonce’s explains why @KimKardashian Needs Love as Moon says More Light. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/04/Snapchat-Friend-Emojis-Beoynce-Kim-Kardashian.html
  9. Deer, L. (2015, August 17). Dmail Self-destructing Messages – Why a @Blackberry, @Samsung and @Gmail @BBM Retracted Messages Mission Possible. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/08/Dmail-Self-destructing-Messages.html
  1. Hackett, R. (2015, July 30). Meet Kaboom: An app that makes your Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp messages self destruct. Retrieved from http://fortune.com/2015/07/30/kaboom-app-messages-self-destruct/
  2. Hockenson, L. (2015, July 30). Kaboom lets you send self-destructing messages to social networks. Retrieved from http://thenextweb.com/apps/2015/07/30/kaboom-lets-you-send-self-destructing-messages-to-any-messaging-service/
  3. http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/02/facebook-gets-mission-impossible.html
  4. http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/04/Snapchat-Friend-Emojis-Beoynce-Kim-Kardashian.html
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One thought on “How Kaboom is the Kim Possible of Self-Destructing Instant Messaging

  1. “Also, someone very clever can screenshot the message, thereby preserving it and giving it a second life […].”

    First of all, you don’t have to be that clever to come up with that. 😉 Second, you failed to mention that the second life you’re giving to a message is more insecure that its first, rendering this whole approach counterproductive.

    If you care about security, forget the gimmicks, and use an app that offers end-to-end encryption (like TextSecure, Threema, or Wickr).

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