In cyberspace, anything you write is forever.
That might not be true – thanks to a new mobile app.
Remember those Mission Impossible messages that went up in smoke, after a spy read or heard them. Wish your sensitive emails could self-destruct like that?
Well they can, if you send out a Burn Note.
Burn note is a mobile messaging app where all messages self-destruct after reading. And once a Burn Note has been deleted, it can’t be viewed again. Inventor Jacob Robbins said he wanted to give online communication the same level of privacy as face-to-face conversations. So he focused on a way to ensure messages were not retained on computer servers.
Since then he’s found a whole host of uses.
Let’s say you’re sending a username or password to someone so they can get into a website (don’t want that staying in Aunt Martha’s computer). Or say you need to give someone a sensitive phone number or your Social Security number. With conventional emails that information might stay on a server for years. With burn note all of it disappears in seconds.
A hairdresser recently told Robbins of another use – Burn Note is a good way to keep information private in open commercial spaces, where multiple people work, and might just be looking over your shoulder. Burn Note can help — once a recipient opens a Burn Note message, a timer starts running to destroy the message. Burn Note can guess how long that needs to be – or you can set the timer yourself.
Once the timer expires, your message is destroyed forever – deleted from your device, the recipient’s device – and Burn Note’s servers.
When Burn Note premiered in 2012, critics pointed out, you could still preserve confidential messages using cut and paste or screen captures. So Robbins went back to work and developed a new feature called Spotlight. It reveals only a few words of a message at a time – like a spotlight sweeping across a piece of paper in the dark.
Oh and one more thing — if messages aren’t read after 72 hours, they’re destroyed.
Inventor Jacob Robbins exemplifies an Axiom on our website: Think Unique. He’s helping people preserve privacy by destroying sensitive electronic messages after they’re read.
If you want to keep things secret, send a Burn Note.
Now Why Didn’t I Think of That?