Version Reviewed: 2.6
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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A wise person would correctly suggest that you should never upload anything to a social network that you’re not willing to show off to the world. Sure there are many privacy settings abound, but you want to be careful, right? DSTRUX aims to ease some of those concerns by allowing you to publicly share various posts via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, while still being safe in the knowledge that it’ll self-destruct at a certain point in the future. Think of it as a kind of SnapChat. It could be pretty handy, too.
The sign up process takes only a couple of moments then you can get straight into submitting posts. You can opt to include a text based message, or upload a photo or file. In each case, there are various settings for adjusting how long the information is available. You can change things via a slightly fiddly slider, choosing many days or mere minutes for how long something is available for. Each entry can be assigned a different length, too.
Hit upload and the file goes to something like Facebook, simply requiring the other person to click on the link and see what’s there. It requires a brief log in process for the sake of security, but it doesn’t take long at all. You can view the photo or file for as long as has been previously defined. Once the time expires, you can watch as the photo explodes into many pieces never to be seen again.
DSTRUX isn’t perfect, of course - say hi, screen capture - but it's still quite a good idea. For most day-to-day purposes it’ll do the job well, plus it’s got things covered when dealing with novices. It’s probably not so good if you're secretly a spy, but for the average user it’s a convenient way of ensuring that little is permanent any more.