Dear Amy: Is there anything like “self-destructing” e-mails? Also, is it possible to recall a wrongly send e-mail? — Iyengar, Clarendon, Jamaica
Dear Iyengar: Self-destructing messages aren't just for secret agents in movies. Over the past few years, self-destructing e-mails have been gaining popularity. Many companies offer free basic services, while self-destructing e-mails with more features often require a subscription or service fee. These same companies often offer recallable e-mails, as well.
Most self-destructing e-mails work in the same way. Users send self-destructing e-mails through the service provider's Web site. The e-mail provider sends the recipient a link to a Web page with the sender’s message. After the link as been visited once, it will be removed so that no one else will ever see it. It's a cool idea that can be useful, too. If someone needs to send somebody a password, then only the intended recipient can see the password. For more information about self-destructing e-mails, visit http://videos.howstuffworks.com/reuters/1082-self-destructing-
emails-video.htm. (This video is no longer available.)
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