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This Message Will Self-Destruct In Five Seconds...

Depending on your age, that phrase will be familiar because of Mission: Impossible or Inspector Gadget. Or quite possibly others, but those are the two I know. When we were kids, we used to play Mission: Impossible (the TV show, not the Tom Cruise movie). We even had a secret decoder pen that had special ink so your message was only viewable if you coloured over it with the accompanying marker. Now there is a neat little program that will allow you to do a similar thing. This could come in handy if you’re the type to send messages to people when you’re in your cups that perhaps should not be forever immortalized in print.

QuickForget is actually marketed for those who need to send something sensitive like a password or user name, but don’t want the message hanging around forever. How it works is you go to the QuickForget website and enter your message. You can set it to disappear after a certain length of time or a certain number of views. You are then given a URL to send to whoever you want to receive the message. When the time or view limit is reached, poof! The message no longer exists and the URL is invalid.

OK, so it’s not nearly as neat as self-destructing paper messages, but we do live in the age of the Internet. I can think of any number of uses for this that are perhaps not quite what they had in mind. It’s how my brain works. Near as I can tell, this is a free service, so why not give it a try?

Source: Red Ferret

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