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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by rsdroid, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. rsdroid

    rsdroid Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi all! I've been reading everything I can on this forum since got my Droid about three weeks ago and I've learned a ton! I've got it doing almost everything I want, thanks to you guys on here, and coming from a Voyaquer that I couldn't stand, it's been awesome!:) An amazing tool!

    The one thing I haven't figured out is how to keep the first few words of text messages from showing up in the notification bar, even with the lock screen on! Not good! I want notifications of texts and who they're from, I just don't want any of the contents of the texts showing up without at least having to pass the unlock pattern screen! :thinking: I'm still using the stock messaging app, but with Missed Call to customize notifications by sender. I had this problem before and after I installed Missed Call.

    Does Handcent or ChompSMS do this? I've been a little leary of these because of reported bugs with them mixing up contacts and phone numbers. There are texts I definitely don't want going to the wrong person!

    Also, I've searched the market for apps specifically designed for this, but they all seem to be outdated with no recent comments and very few downloads, and/or have a few terrible ratings/comments. Anyone used any of these and found one that works?

    In that same vein, a reliable app that encrypts text messages would be awesome!

    Any help would be appreciated!

  2. justjosh

    justjosh Newbie

    chomp has a setting that allows you to hide the message contents until you pull the notification bar down.
  3. DanSan

    DanSan Android Enthusiast

    i used handcent sms.. with the popup feature u can have it turn on the screen (if locked) and you can set it to show who its from and the message. if u dont want the message to appear u can set it to just show their name and then theres a button that says "View" and then it shows the message in the text. since the phone is still locked, the status bar isnt shown
  4. rsdroid

    rsdroid Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the tips about ChompSMS and Handcent! I may try those, however, every time I talk myself into one of them, I start freaking on the reported bugs! I've been very happy with the stock SMS except for this one thing.

    I just wish there was an app to password protect messages or at least messages from certain contacts!

    It sounds like even with Handcent, you can still access messages without a password.

    Any other ideas out there?
  5. rdalcanto

    rdalcanto Android Enthusiast

    What you got to hide... Tiger.... ;)
  6. Snorkeld

    Snorkeld Lurker

    lol... I was thinking the same think as soon as I saw the thread title
  7. Muertos

    Muertos Newbie

    Yeah i was looking for the same kind of thing cause when people use my phone they usually have inquiring minds for things they shouldn't....plus i need to hide my ummmm ninja plans for the night..yeah thats it..:)
  8. juliusedward

    juliusedward Newbie

    Even i am in need of an app of similar functionality. Help would be much appreciated. Thanks
  9. stearic

    stearic Well-Known Member

    The easy ones to say would be he doesn't want co-workers looking at the txt's he's getting. While it might not be for security persay, but to keep someone from glancing at his phone if it's out and reading a bit of a txt msg that shows on that notification bar.
  10. Legacystar

    Legacystar Android Enthusiast

    Handcent will let you not show the message till u go to it. And as a defense against snoopers do what I do, use lockpattern onoff widget and when u are away from your phone hit the switch and turn on your lock pattern. Its nice cause I hate using lock pattern when on just using it all day but this lets u easily switch it on and off
  11. icecold

    icecold Android Enthusiast

    Handcent allows you to turn off notifications all together, or per individual contacts.

    It also has the blacklist feature which is password protected. If you add the contact to the blacklist, all messages are hidden until you click on the Show Blacklist (under settings).
  12. kg6epf

    kg6epf Well-Known Member

    I use Super Private Conversation for this. I love to show off my Droid at work, but would not be comfortable handing my phone to someone to play with, knowing that they would be able to see some messages of mine. Not because I'm Tiger, but if I'm texting about my boss then I wouldn't want that getting back to him.

    Super Private Conversation works pretty well, but it works for SMS only. They say MMS is in development. When you add a name in SPC, all texts from that person get password protected and are opened with a different app.

    It does what I need, YMMV
  13. baka

    baka Well-Known Member

    Use Handcent. Has a "privacy mode" that will not display content in the notification area. Also has many other features that make it more beneficial than the OEM messaging app.

    As far as password protecting specific content, I'm not sure. Maybe try the app the person previous to this suggested. Or just use security on your phone altogether.

    Welcome back to the PGA, btw... lol! jk
  14. botts121

    botts121 Lurker

    Try Protector - It protects any Android application with password: SMS, Gmail, e-mail, Settings, Photos, Calendar, Notepad, Chat... everything you want!
  15. baka

    baka Well-Known Member

    Yup. This does what you're looking for. There is also App Protector which supports patterns.
  16. ccousinsjr

    ccousinsjr Well-Known Member

  17. DatacomGuy

    DatacomGuy Android Enthusiast

    Handcent is the way to go. I've had it installed for a few weeks and have never had a single bug, not sure why you're so paranoid (about the bugs)
  18. dougwilson2000

    dougwilson2000 Android Enthusiast

    Use Google Voice. Sends your texts to your gmail account.
  19. bills534

    bills534 Member

    I don't know what these bugs are that you're so scared of. Ive been using Handcent for months and its never sent a message to the wrong person. I can't even remember reading anything about handcent specific bugs on this forum.
  20. trikotret

    trikotret Well-Known Member

    HI All,
    I have protector on my phone. I am using handcent. So far so good. Its more solid than chompsms. The proctector requires you to enter the password for messaging apps, email and other apps u make it ask. Only bad thing about handcent is that u can see the messages contents in the notifications panel if u receive one message. But if you receive multiple messages, the panel will display the number of messages without showing the contents. Thats what i been trying to figure out how not show them in panel. I just dont like nosey people reading my texts if they wanna look at my phone.:D
  21. Crazy_J

    Crazy_J Well-Known Member

    I used handcent and love it. Blacklist works great for those people who send irritating forwards or whatever. Privacy mode kicks ass in the fact that you still get a notification that you got a message but doesn't say what it is or whom from. Its in the main settings.
  22. trikotret

    trikotret Well-Known Member

    I tried using handcent. But you can see the notification and where its from if you slide the notification bar down. It will tell you the number or name and the contents of the texts. Unless im doing it wrong. PLease show me :thinking:
  23. Crazy_J

    Crazy_J Well-Known Member

    OK in the main screen of handcent, where you can see all the conversations you have with everyone, in the upper right corner tap the configuration icon. Scroll down until you see notification settings, tap that. Scroll down until you then see privacy mode check it. If you want to see blacklist settings those are on the first settings menu. Hope this helps.
  24. trikotret

    trikotret Well-Known Member

    Actually i tried the blacklist feature and worked great until it started adding my other contacts to the blacklist. Any idea why this is happening.
  25. pilotbike

    pilotbike Newbie

    I had same kind of question but with email. Is their a app to block or hide an email account (yahoo) not gmail with havening to delight the whole account and then re set it up. I use to have a Iphone I know their was a way to hide the account. Or not get any snails with out deleting it all the time. I looked at handcent but it only looks like for sms and mms

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