Privnote: This Message Will Self Destruct When You Read It

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Privnote: This Message Will Self Destruct When You Read It

Postby TeMerc » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:59 am

Tuesday July 8, 2008

Whether you want to pretend you're James Bond or you just have something private that you'd like to share with a friend, Privnote can make sure that your oh-so-secret message is sent directly to its intended recipient, read only by its intended recipient, and then is never seen again. Admittedly, the service isn't designed for use with real sensitive information like financial data or personally-identifiable information, but if you have some not-so-heavy secrets to share, Privnote can be fun to use.

The idea behind Privnote is simple. E-mail is sent in clear-text and can be intercepted by anyone who has access to your computer or is watching network traffic across your network segment. The service doesn't promise to secure your e-mail the way a service like PGP would, but it does offer an extra, easy-to-use layer of security for your messages.

Simply copy and paste the text you'd like your friend to see into the text field or compose your message directly on Privnote's main page. If you'd like to be notified when the note is read, you can enter your e-mail address and a reference so you'll know which note it was before you post it to the site. Once the note is saved, Privnote will provide you a URL that you can send to its intended recipient via E-mail or IM. As soon as the recipient clicks on the note and views it, the note is destroyed and you get a confirmation message that the message has been read and deleted.

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