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Self destructing email

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday August 1, 2007 )

Ever suffered sender’s remorse, that is, sent an email and wished it would self destruct before the recipient gets to it or that you could somehow bring the email back and reword it? Now you can.

I think we’ve all experienced that sinking feeling from sending an email with an embarassing typo, a sensitive document transmitted to the wrong party or a rather heated reply that would have been best left until we had time to cool down – but once that email’s been sent, it’s gone. Many careers have been destroyed by such errors in judgement.

BigString is a free email service with wide range of tools allowing you to recall, erase or edit email text or delete attachments and self-destruct your emails after they have been sent. You can also set emails to be viewable only X times for X amount of time and make them unprintable and unforwardable. Added to that, you can put a tracker on each email to see if and when it’s been read, how many times it’s been read and the IP of the party reading it. Oh, and they also offer a self destructing video email feature too :).

I tried a few different methods to save an email sent via the service with some of the security features switched on, but the only way I was able to was by taking a screenshot. I particularly like the non-forwarding feature as it helps minimize the risk of a confidential communication being distributed to people who shouldn’t really see it – at least it makes it harder to anyway.

I’m wondering what the Department of Homeland Security and other security agencies around the world think about the service :). Some may see it as a threat to national security perhaps, especially given that once you erase a BigString sent email it will be scrubbed from Big String’s hard drives within five minutes according to the company – and unlike traditional emails, the text of the email won’t be stored on the recipient’s server either, nor at any other point along the way.


2 comments for Self destructing email
  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!I have ADD and I lost a great job over an unintended attachment. One step to being less careless! Wooo-Hoo!

    Comment by Liz J — August 27, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

  2. Glad you find it useful Liz! :)

    Comment by Michael Bloch — August 27, 2007 @ 3:49 pm

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