A Self-Destruct email is an email that disappears and becomes unreadable after either a certain amount of time has passed, or when the sender requests it.
Sometimes you might have a need to send an email to somebody but you don’t want it to remain on their computer, for security or personal reasons. Unfortunately, it just isn’t possible using the normal emailing system to send an email to somebody and have it auto delete itself after they have read it or after a certain period of time, just think of the kinds of security issues that would bring.
Although you can’t do it with your normal emails, there is an alternative which is basically the next best option.
1. Google’s Self-Destructing Email
Somewhere in 2018, Google introduced “confidential mode” in Gmail, allowing users to set an expiration date for their messages or entirely void access to them.
The new feature allows Gmail users to set an expiration date for messages they send to other Gmail users, effectively allowing emails to “self-destruct” to prevent sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands.
The new mode was first made available on computers and then on Android and iOS devices.
DestructingMessage.com is a free service which enables you to send a self-destructing message to someone. This means, once they read the message they will no longer be able to read it again after the timer has reached zero. This ensures your message is read by no one but the reader and all evidence of the message is erased. Messages are also anonymous unless you add any identifiable information to your message.
Share a confidential note via a web link that will self-destruct after it is read by your intended recipient.
Self-Destructing-Email lets you decide what happens to your email after sending. Users get free return email notifications, and/or SMS/ICQ instant messages when email they’ve sent gets opened, and can track their emails reading history.
Cloakmy is a free online service to share a secure message. Using this service, you can send encrypted self-destruct email to any email address(es).
You enter the sensitive information and protect it with a password. When you type a password, Cloakmy gives you a secondary password option. The secondary password is used to encrypt the message locally before sending to the server.
Use SafeMess to encrypt any message within a few seconds. The encryption is always runned locally in the browser on your computer. Therefor your secret password and message text will never be sent over the Internet to our server.
All of us get emails with attachments that we need only once, or just for the day. But then they sit in our Downloads folder forever. Over time, this builds up into a cluttered mess, which might even be slowing down your PC.
With Deelete, every time you download an attachment or any file on the internet, you’ll get a popup asking if you want to keep the file, or delete it in 24 hours. If you choose the second option, Deelete will ensure it removes the junk. It’s a fantastic tool and one of the best Gmail extensions for Chrome that we’ve seen.