I first posted about this issue back in Dec 18th of 2011, Handcent SMS one of the most popular SMS applications on the android market with over 10,000,000 downloads was doing some things that raised a few privacy questions. As stated in my last post Handcent was logging all your sent messages even after you deleted them from within the application.
I tried contacting them via email and twitter but the refused to comment on my findings. However 5 days later to my amazement I noticed the released a new version “220.127.116.11”. Take a look at the change log:
- Improve Galaxy Nexus (Android 4.0) support
- New Skin for XMas 2012,Cool.
- Add auto delete old message option
- Add Mms signature option
- Merry XMas to all users
Now after installing the new version I noticed I was still able to see my sent messages after I deleted them so I am not so certain the issue was addressed. I would however like to know if “Add auto delete old message option
“ means the will purge the messages from the database on a random schedule at some point. Again since Handcent refuse to comment on this issue we can only assume for now.
Don’t think that all hope is lost or that you are stuck with the stock messaging application, thanks to brilliant mind of Moxie Marlinspike and others over at Whisper System, “TextSecure Beta” was birthed on Dec 21, 2011.
TextSecure is a security enhanced text messaging application that serves as a full replacement for the default text messaging application. Messages to other TextSecure users are encrypted over the air, and all text messages are stored in an encrypted database on the device. If your phone is lost or stolen, your messages will be safe, and communication with other TextSecure users can’t be monitored over the air.
In short if you are ready to give up on Handcent this might be a good alternative, I know so far I feel much more secure using this application. I even tried browsing the db and I can confirm that the messages are indeed encrypted.