Private note: messages that destroy themselves

You always wanted to feel like a secret agent and send messages that destroy themselves after reading? No problem, that’s what Privnote does for you.

Certainly there are other uses for this unusual service. For example, messages that contain suspicious content that you absolutely want to prevent the recipient from intentionally or unintentionally forwarding “To All”. Whenever you want to make sure that only the recipient, even once, reads a message, then Privnote is the tool of choice.


Create your message while you still can. (Screenshot: Dr. Web)

It’s totally easy. Neither transmitter nor receiver require additional software, because Privnote is web-based. First, you write the message. If you now click on the “Create message” button, the web application generates a link.


Almost there. The message is ready to be sent. (Screenshot: Dr. Web)

Now you could select the link via “Select Link” and copy it to the clipboard to then pass it via messenger or other platform to send messages. Or you click on “E-Mail-Link”, which opens your default e-mail program and puts the link in the mail body. Of course you could do that yourself with Copy and Paste …

If you have gained new insights in the meantime and do not want to send the message anymore, just click on the link marked “Destroy Message Immediately”. With that you get the message yourself and destroy it by showing it to you.


You are so close to destroying the news. (Screenshot: Dr. Web)

At the moment of displaying the message, of course you can copy and paste it and just save it from destruction, but that just can not be avoided in a text-based medium like the web.

Around the core functionality, Privnote offers a few more features that may interest you.


Important options for agents. (Screenshot: Dr. Web)

For example, you can specify that the message should not be destroyed directly after reading but time-dependent. Choose between one or 24 hours or one and four weeks from shipping. This is useful if you are an agent and want to give an agent colleague an important message, but do not know if he is still among the living. So before somehow the enemy gains access, you prefer the message with a time-dependent self-destruct mechanism. 😉

Likewise, you can avoid that the receiver gets to see the intermediate step “Read and destroy” from the screenshot shown above by ticking the “Do not ask for confirmation …” checkbox.

If you forgive a password, the recipient of the sent link alone is not enough. You also have to give him the password somehow. Agents will directly understand the use case.

In case you have to prove to M that your message has actually been destroyed, you ask for the “destruction notification” and then give you a non-descript subject, so that it does not attract attention in your inbox …

The service Privnote is a veteran of the Web. Accordingly, we introduced him to you in the summer of 2008. Since then, Privnote is regularly in the top 20 of the most popular contributions to Dr. med. Web. Reason enough, therefore, to subject it to a new consideration in May 2019 and completely rewrite it.

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