Self-Destructing Email.



Self-Destructing Email.



Some emails have a tendency to haunt you for years. Here's how a system can be designed to make some of them go away right after reading them.


After all the buzz over Hillary Clinton's email server in the 2016 election, I think we all know the value of securing sensitive emails. One way this could be done is to create a system where emails that need to be secure are stored as encrypted text on the server, and can only be read by looking up the encryption key when you receive it.

To make it even more secure, it would be great if your email system could put an expiration date on the encryption key, and deleting the key as soon as it expires, effectively rendering the original email unreadable.

Like SnapChat, the system isn't foolproof, because people can still copy or print the email before it expires, but it does make the server more secure.


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