Privnote is nice and simple at sending self destructing messages with very few options to speak of. After typing the message you can be notified on it’s receipt by ticking the box at the bottom and entering your own email and a reference note. After pressing the button you will be provided with a URL link to the message which can then be copied to an email program etc. As soon as the link is clicked on and the message read, it is deleted from the server. Unread messages will be kept on the server for 30 days.
6. This Message Will Self Destruct
TMWSD is another easy to use service that deletes the message as soon as it is retrieved by the recipient. Simply type in your message, enter a password for an added extra layer of security, tick the accept terms of service box (which you should always read for all of these types of service) and then click the Save button. On the next page just type in the name and email of the person you’re sending to or copy the URL to paste yourself. You can also send the message to more than 1 person by adding a new URL and an additional note can be included in the email. Creating an account gives access to message history and control over the message URL’s.
This service is similar to Privnote in its easy to use no nonsense approach. Click the button to start the process and simply type or paste in the message you want to send. There is a drop down option which sets the expiration date for the message if it isn’t read within the given period, this ranges from 30 minutes to 3 days. Once you click the Create button, a URL link box and a copy button provide the link to send to the message recipient. If you want the option, Android and Apple apps are available from the relevant stores.
The Crypt-A-Byte website also allows you to send and receive encrypted messages and files in addition to self destructing messages that auto delete as soon as they are read. The interface is about as simple as it gets with no configuration option whatsoever, type in your message into the box and enter the intended recipients email into the Email box, then click Send Message. The message will destruct as soon as the link in the email is clicked on. There is also a useful portable desktop tool that can send both self destructing message and encrypted messages.
Editor’s note: Although they all use SSL encryption to provide a reasonable layer of security, these services aren’t really designed for you to be sending highly valuable or confidential information and are more for sending simple or personal messages you don’t want to be stored on someone else’s computer or mail server. Obviously sending something to someone you don’t know or can’t trust isn’t advised because of the ease at which the text in the message can be copied by either cut and paste or a simple screenshot.