Have you ever sent private information to someone, maybe a family member needed your credit card number, and then regretted that you had ever done it. This can all be solved with a self-destructing link.
Note: We are not advising that you send private information via email or necessarily endorsing this service as a safe way to transfer any information. It’s a novelty and a fun geeky trick.
Creating The Self-Destructing Link
To get started head over to this website and click on the Create One Now button.
This will take you to a text box where you can enter the information you want to e-mail to someone.
You can go ahead and click on the Create Link button when you ready. Don’t worry your information is safe and is sent over an SSL Encrypted line from your web browser to their servers.
This will give you a link that you can either manually copy to the clipboard, or you can click the link which will automatically copy it to the clipboard.
Now you can draft your email as you normally would. You should add the link you were given in the last step somewhere in the email. It is up to you as to whether you would like the recipient to know that the link self-destructs or not.
When the person received the email they can click on it to see the message you generated earlier.
However, if they refresh the page or try click on the link again they are not able to see the information.
The data is also stored in an encrypted form on their servers, and when someone views the unique URL that you send them; your encrypted message is deleted from their system.
Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+
- Published 02/28/12