Users who love to share photos to their contacts but are worried of security and privacy issues are now able to breathe a sigh of relief as a new photo-sharing app has been developed that prevents recipients of your photos from snapping a screenshot. Called Yovo, the iOS app is looking to prevent unwarranted screenshots of your messages through employing a simple yet effective optical illusion.
Created by privacy software company ContentGuard, Yovo uses an optical illusion technique called Barrier Grid Illusion to blur your photos. Akin to passing picket fence when driving, your eyes will remain focused on the photo rather than the blurred paling themselves. When a picture is taken, Yovo applies a blurred grille over said picture. When the recipient opens the picture, the grille is then set in motion, allowing them to see the picture but if an attempt to screenshot the photo is detected, the result would be a photo distorted with blurred sections.
Contentguard’s Scott Richardson said that ,“everyone is becoming more conscious of the digital trail they leave. It seems that there isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t see a headline about the consequences of inadvertent or malicious digital publication of our private lives.” He also went on to say that, “not every moment or message is meant to be shared online forever. Yovo represents a new way to create and share photos and messages in a more private, fun and interactive way.”
In addition to preventing your screenshots from being captured, Yovo also allows users to send photos from your camera roll, blur portions of an image based on their liking, select the audience of their photos and the duration of said photos as well as place a self-destruct timer which enables a photo to be automatically deleted from a second up to 24 hours.
You can now download Yovo for free from the iTunes app store with no word of an Android version as of yet.