An iPhone app launched this week could have saved Tiger Woods a lot of trouble, Time reported Friday on its Web site.

The fittingly named TigerText allows users to set a time limit on how long a text remains on a recipient’s phone after it’s read. Once the message’s lifespan ends, the app’s developers say there’s no trace of it on any phones or servers.

When, for example, a cheating spouse sends his mistress an iPhone message via TigerText, the mistress will be prompted to install the app. The mistress is able to read messages but not keep them, the app’s developers say, because messages are stored on TigerText’s servers and are never actually sent to phones.

When the time span elected by the adulterer has elapsed, a message ceases to exist. Cheaters can even select a “delete on read” setting, which gives a recipient 60 seconds to read a text.

The app also allows users to delete any evidence of a phone call, Time reported.

Founder Jeffrey Evans, a former recruiter and headhunter, claims the app’s name was in place well before the Tiger Woods scandal. Evans told Time he created the app as a way to ensure privacy, not assist cheating spouses.

"People text like they talk," he said. "And some of the things they say, taken out of context, can come back to haunt them."