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Send notes that will self-destruct after being read

Developer description

Share a confidential note via a web link that will self-destruct after it is read by your ... More

Editor's review Page 1 of 2

Published 27 Oct 2011

This is an interesting one and if you can get yourself comfortable with the site’s privacy promises then feel free to join the James Bond club.

I’m really not sure how many people would go to the bother of sending a self-destructing message. On top of that, and even despite the privacy promises, if something was that secret then entrusting it to a third party website is not very MI5 or CIA.

The way it works is simple enough; just type your note into the box on the homepage and click ˈcreate noteˈ. You will then instantly receive a rather long link which you can cut and paste into an email or instant message and send. Upon receipt the recipient clicks on the link and is taken to the message which after it’s been read will disappear for ever, never to be seen by anyone again. You hope.

You can set an alert for Privnote to tell when it’s been read and in every case it will self-destruct in 30 days if it remains unopened. At this time I assume the not very bright will send an email to their mysterious associate saying "I sent you a top secret message" which will be subsequently intercepted and a SWAT team alerted!

The site is keen to point out that the link is generated in the user’s browser and not sent to them and neither do they log IP addresses so your secret's safe. But then that’s what the...