Spy vs. Spy: “Eyes Only” Email and Texts

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ImageHardly a week goes by that we don’t read about a celebrity, political figure, or influential person (I’m looking at you, General Petraeus) who commits professional suicide by sending inappropriate photos or salacious messages via text or email.  Of course, there is one obvious method of preventing TMZ from publicizing your questionable correspondence–don’t send it .  There are, however, times that you might need to send sensitive information, such as an account number,  social security number,  or directions to the pile of gold buried in your backyard.   So how can you electronically send “Eyes Only”  information without risking public exposure?

There are several services that allow you to send email messages and text messages that will not only self-destruct, but prevent the recipient from forwarding or printing the message.  If only the CIA had known about these free services….


Burn Note   https://burnnote.com/#/   If you ever want send sensitive information, Burn Note might be the answer.  Burn Note allows you to send  email messages that self delete once they are read.

One Shar.es    https://oneshar.es/   One Shar.es allows you to send encrypted data that is self destructs after one use.  It’s very easy to use and is great for sending your classified information.

Vapor Stream https://www.vaporstream.com/  Vapor Stream allows you to send text messages or emails that disappear from your device the moment that they are sent and disappear from the recipient’s device when they are read.  This app does not allow the messages to be printed or forwarded, and messages are not stored on secondary servers.

The moral of the story is this:  When in doubt, use the “Grandma Standard.”    If it’s a message that you wouldn’t want your grandma to read, don’t send it, but if you must, do it with caution.