Isn’t it wonderful to have the world at your fingertips and be able to communicate with anyone, anywhere at any time? In the same breath, isn’t it alarming that this same source – the Internet – allows cyber snoopers play havoc with our lives? No one likes eavesdroppers, fraudsters or cyber hackers, and the good news is that neither does 2key.
A new private chat app from 2key promises to give users a secure place to chat, to have fun in private and do a hoard of other things that other apps don’t allow.
So let’s take a look and see what 2key has to offer and why it’s different.
For starters, why 2key? When two people want to connect using this key, both the caller and the called have to enter their respective keys into their phones. The key, by the way, consists of a random set of numbers and letters that are available to users within the app or on the 2key website. Printed keys are available to buy online to connect on 2key after meeting in person, so that’s one really nice feature.
Also, users can personalize these keys by renaming them to suit their fancies, depending on whether they want to take that first step well forward, or just treat it as a casual connection not to be really pursued. What is better still is that all messages, conversations, photos or videos that you no longer wish to keep, can be erased with just a single tap. So if a friendship sours and you don’t want to continue it, so be it, tap and erase. 2keys works both ways –yours and theirs – so all records vanish.
Users can choose to remain anonymous and can actually set the time of expiry for their stuff on the phone. Poof! After that date or time, it’s no longer there. Start, continue or be freely erased - total control rests with users.
2key thus seems to be safer and more secure than other apps because personal information isn’t needed to connect and all data is anonymous and encrypted to the highest level. Except users, no one, not even 2key can access it.
All that is really rather reassuring, but can 2key pull a rabbit out the cap and overtake Snapchat? That’s an interesting possibility; one that needs a little mulling over.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey