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Windows 7: This e-mail will self-destruct in five seconds


29 Jun 2013   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
This e-mail will self-destruct in five seconds

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Like a "Mission Impossible" tape, e-mails could disintegrate before unauthorized eyes get a chance to view them, according to an AT&T patent application.

Ever lose sleep over e-mails you've sent? Messages of an embarrassing nature that make you wish you hadn't clicked on "send"?

AT&T is thinking of you. It applied for a patent for self-deleting e-mail. Once sent, these missives won't hang around in some inbox waiting for someone to do what he pleases with them. They'll disintegrate, so to speak.

"Method, System, and Apparatus for Providing Self-Destructing Electronic Mail Messages" is U.S. patent application number 20130159436 and was recently made public.

The application outlines an e-mail client system and server application that can send and receive messages that self-delete.
Read more at: This e-mail will self-destruct in five seconds | Crave - CNET


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29 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Sounds like a program that many would have a use for.
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29 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Politicians and CEOs will love it

Politicians and CEOs will love it.
No more incriminating emails being stored on Corporate or Government servers.

What's the bet that it wil be legal for Corporations and the Governement to use it, but it will be declared illegal for ordinary users to use it (just like high level encryption).
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30 Jun 2013   #4

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Yeah. right. Because taking screen-shots (or pulling out your smart-phone and taking a pic of the screen) won't totally spoof that from day 0, and Teh Internetz won't reliably elaborate a software solution that replaces the client within 4 months.

This will work only on locked-down workstations/networks in places where you cannot take pics of the screen. Just because this system is an invitation to do evil/stupid stuff, and there is high interest in spoofing it to expose it.

And I personally disagree.
Hey you are an adult, not a monkey, so before sending you must know the risks.
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30 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

This is a silly solution ... if it is on my screen ... I have it.
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30 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Politicians and CEOs will love it.
No more incriminating emails being stored on Corporate or Government servers.

What's the bet that it wil be legal for Corporations and the Governement to use it, but it will be declared illegal for ordinary users to use it (just like high level encryption).
This I can totally see happening and anyone who uses it besides the Government and Political figures Ceo's and such will have you arrested and incriminated for obstruction of justice lol catch 22 if you ask me
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30 Jun 2013   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You might have something Solarstarshine.

obstruction of justice lol catch 22 if you ask me

It might be considered as destroying evidence.
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30 Jun 2013   #8

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

yes, but that applies if someone gets some evidence that evidence was destroyed.

And it's not hard to make a system that does not leave any trace to do something like this. Just don't log stuff.

Although sysadmins will probably refuse to operate the system (yeah, run a company server without logs so you cannot troubleshoot the 3-5 workstations that don't connect or malfunction somehow every week).
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30 Jun 2013   #9

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Once your email leaves your computer it goes to a email cloud before it goes to the place you sent it. Once in the cloud who know what can be done with it.
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30 Jun 2013   #10

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

From the last line of the OP:
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The application outlines an e-mail client system and server application that can send and receive messages that self-delete.
The system employs dedicated clients AND servers. Not standard mail servers (that have logs). Otherwise it is even more stupid.
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