Secure messaging service TigerText announced a partnership today with Dropbox that will allow users to send documents securely, with features like a pre-set lifespan and the ability to recall a file attachment at any time. Documents will be encrypted and cannot be downloaded, copied or forwarded.
TigerText president and Co-founder Brad Brooks tells us that the partnership has a wide range of targeted users, from “anyone who uses Dropbox” to businesses that need to send secure files. Brooks sees wide-ranging applications of the technology, from transporting confidential legal and medical files (the platform is HIPAA compliant) to facilitating group collaboration in financial services firms to delivering event tickets with an expiration date and recall ability. He says a large agency in Los Angeles approached TigerText because they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on courier services driving around scripts.
“Anyone who has information that they would like to be able to share through messaging but won’t build a platform themselves can now have an extension to communicate in a secure fashion,” Brooks tells us.
He adds that TigerText will introduce the feature to their consumer-side immediately to test it while tweaking any issues on the fly; they will then migrate the collaboration to TigerText’s enterprise-side by the end of the week. Users will be able to access their Dropbox accounts through the TigerText iOS app immediately. The company says the feature will be made available on Android and Blackberry “in the coming weeks.”
“We fully expect that there will be a lot more competitors coming into this space,” Brooks says. “It’s time has come. It’s the confluence of four different trends: bring your own device, the rise of SMS, the rise of mobile and associated tablets and the cloud.”
However, Brooks added that he believes the time TigerText has been in the space, their extensive capital supporting them and their 1.5 million downloads to date gives them a significant advantage.