Have you ever been in a situation where you weren’t sure about giving away your contact information? Its not like you could just take it back after you’ve given away, right? Well, with Gliph for iPhone, things are about to change.

If you’ve ever been in a situation like that, you know that once your phone number is given away, you have lost complete control of what will happen to it. That can be a very uneasy feeling and can ultimately prevent many great communications if the fear of giving away your phone number is always there. Gliph changes everything. Gliph is an app for your iPhone that takes over your phone number for the sole purpose of keeping it secure. It doesn’t actually use your phone number in any way, but is rather a substitute for it. Instead of giving away your number, you simply give the stranger your Gliph. Now, what is Gliph exactly? Its essentially a tool used for communicating with someone without the need for disclosing personal contact information. In fact, you have the option to choose what information you do want to disclose, and that can be as limited as your first name. Simply exchange your Gliph “address” or pin number (its almost like a BBM number, except all in strange characters). The concept is actually quite unique. Instead of exchanging a random number like a BBM, you will have a unique set of characters that resemble everyday objects like an airplane, dic, mushroom and 17 others. There are 20 characters to choose from to create your unique set of 5. After you’ve picked out your unique identification, you can share it with others to stay in touch. And you never have to give away any personal information.

Gliph is a great idea. The only problem I have with it, is that it can be extremely difficult to remember a set of 5 characters in precise order. Unless you have 5 exact same characters, it can be very difficult to come up with a unique set that you can remember. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because this ID can always be found inside the app, unless of course you log out and then forget. Either way, Gliph is a great idea that needs further experimentation and feedback from actual users, but it has lots of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing what it can come up with in the future.

Check out Gliph for iPhone on the App Store!

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