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New app protects your snaps from screenshots

A new photo sharing app called Yovo protects your pictures and messages from screenshots.

By:IANS
| Updated on: Oct 14 2014, 11:42 IST

A new photo sharing app called Yovo protects your pictures and messages from screenshots.

Developed by a privacy software company called ContentGuard, the iOS-enabled app uses a common optical illusion to make your sent snaps a lot harder for the receiver to screenshot.

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'Everyone is becoming more conscious of the digital trail they leave. It seems as though there isn't a day that goes by where we do not see a headline about the consequences of inadvertent or malicious digital publication of our private lives,' its developer Scott Richardson was quoted as saying in media reports.

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Yovo uses the Barrier Grid illusion, which is similar to what we might experience driving past a picket fence.

As we move fast, our eyes tend to see the stationary scene behind the palings rather than the palings themselves, CNET reported.

When we take a picture, the app overlays a blurred grille over the image.

When the receiver opens the image, the grille moves, allowing them to see the picture.

But if they try to take a screenshot, it will always result in an image with blurred sections.

The app can be downloaded free from the iTunes app store.

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First Published Date: 14 Oct, 11:36 IST
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