February 14, 2013 in Entertainment
[prMac.com] Yokohama, Japan - bluejava announced the release of Stegomatic, an iPhone/iPad app for hiding messages or images inside of other images. Steganography is a term used to describe the practice of communicating secret messages right out in the open - "hidden in plain sight". Stegomatic enables users to create images that contain other secret images or messages, and then save them, email them, or post them to social media. The secret message is digitally encoded and optionally password protected - but the primary reason the message is unlikely to fall into the wrong hands, is that it does not appear to be a secret message at all.
Stegomatic is designed to emulate WWII era communications equipment, and is composed of four specialized machines. Decoding messages can be done on the entry-level machine, which is included for free. So any communication sent with the app can be read by its recipient without them having to purchase anything. The most capable machine, the D700-EX, can encode messages or images, password protect them, and even set them to self-destruct shortly after being viewed.
* Decoder included in free download
* Encode secret messages or pictures
* Password protect secrets for double protection
* Set to self-destruct and recipient can view only once
* Save encoded or decoded images to photo library
* Direct to email or social media makes it easy to post
What benefits does this approach offer over traditional encryption?
The key benefit of using Stegomatic to hide secrets, is that no one will know secrets are being hidden in the first place. When one has an oppressive government (or parent or teacher!) they may face repurcusions for sending secret messages or pictures, even if the oppressor is unable to view them. With the Stegomatic, one may send an innocent photo of their cat, and no one could know that hidden mathematically amongst the pixels is their secrets.
* English and Japanese
* iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5; iPod touch (4/5 Gen); iPad 2, 3, 4
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 4.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Stegomatic 1.0, available now through the iTunes App Store in the Entertainment category, is a free download and includes the ability to decode all stegomatic images. Three additional Stegomatic machines are available as in-app purchases.
Founded in Yokohama, Japan by Glenn Crownover and incorporated in April, 2008, bluejava is a small, but passionate collective focused on building forward-thinking apps for web and mobile. From our social media aggregator for busy people and effortless web publishing to our growing collection of innovative apps for iPhone, bluejava seeks to explore and advance the modern user experience. Copyright (C) 2013 bluejava K.K. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.