Fictional spies aren't the only ones who can send and receive self-destructing messages. A new web service called Burn Note can do just that, and you don't even have to deal with exploding electronics once the countdown is over.
Burn Note lets you send password-locked messages that automatically get deleted after a few seconds. Its creator, Jacob Robbins, told AllThingsD that the service doesn't even keep backup copies of your messages. Since it's not exactly an email service in and of itself, you still need an email address to use it.
After you've registered for an account and can start sending notes, you'll notice that you can change a few settings at the bottom. This includes the amount of time you want to give the recipient before the message disappears forever.
Robbins sees potential use for Burn Note as a plug-in for online banking facilities. But as U.S. law requires financial institutions to keep all types of records, he admits that those who have legal obligations to preserve data can't use the service.
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