This message will self-destruct. Well no, not really, but sometimes it would be great if sending something secret (like a password or username) really could disappear after it has gotten where it needs to go.
If you find yourself emailing passwords (a security no-no!), try QuickForget.com. This simple site is designed for one thing, and one thing only: making sensitive information available temporarily. Use QuickForget to set up a simple text-based message, say for example
the top secret coordinates the last four digits of your social security number. You can send a link to that message to a recipient, and then the message will self-destruct after either a specified amount of time, or a certain number of views.
Self-destructing messages are cool, but what are the practical uses here? Well, first off it’s nice to know that you don’t need to trust the recipient to delete sensitive information, whether its business or personal. Instead, that info will be gone forever. It’s also a smart idea to keep certain pieces of identifying or important information away from each other. For example, if you wanted to send important and sensitive website login credentials, you could send part of the info over email and the rest through QuickForget.com, so that if your email were intercepted a would-be nefarious character wouldn’t have all the info needed to get into your site.
It may sound a little paranoid, but when it comes to web security it’s hard to be overly cautious. And you know what they say, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you!