Android Applications that hide text – Do you need one?
Loky is a privacy app that can be used to specify what you don’t want to go to your regular stream of messages, notifications and photos. Why would someone need such an app, you may ask? Well, you could password protect your phone, but there are users (not just cheating spouses) who need the option of protecting their phones from the prying eyes of a partner or relative.
In fact, it can provide an additional level of protection, to keep really sensitive information safe just in case the phone is stolen, which is a great feature for business folk.
Once you have downloaded and installed the app, it will ask you to enter an email address (especially useful for password recovery) and a password. From there, you can specify content to be password protected. For example, you can enter an email address and tell the Loky app what name and message to display when a message comes in from that contact.
Therefore, you can have a message from Victoria say, that it is coming from JCPenny, with the message body saying “50% discount on all purchases this weekend." When you see a message from JCPenny offering a 50% discount you will know to sign in to Loky to check on the real message from Victoria. If you want to have the app send this dummy message you will have to go into the app’s settings and check the “send dummy SMS" option. You can also use the app to hide files you want to keep secret including photos, videos and documents.
What sets this app apart from other data privacy apps is its ability to store a separate contact list or folder for content you want to filter. On the other hand, solutions like “Stealth SMS" (as at the writing of this review) allow the user to enter just one contact, but then again, it is a free app.