Want to send sensitive information, but worried about its safety? Major companies have this dilemma—they get hacked all the time, and in the process, lose valuable information. But now, there is a new service that allows you to protect your emails from hanging in a susceptible inbox like dangling candy for a hacker: Dmail.
Dmail is pretty simple. When you compose an email, you have the option to turn on Dmail. Then you can specify when you want your email rescinded—be it in ten minutes, two hours, or never. You can also change these time settings whenever you wish. Upon reception, the recipient will be notified that the message was sent via Dmail. Once the email destroys itself, the recipient will only see “this message has been destroyed and is no longer available.” Your email will become inaccessible, much to the chagrin of potential hackers.
For now, Dmail works only with Gmail, but the the team behind it plans to expand Dmail to other email providers, as well as expand its services, such as allowing for self-destructing documents, as well as preventing recipients from forwarding emails. Beginning in August, Dmail will be available as an iOS and Android app, so that users can both compose and read Dmails from their smartphones.
A brave new world descends upon the world of emails. Though this new service will certainly help protect sensitive information, emails could also be deleted and destroyed for more than just security reasons. If you did not like something you said in an email, Dmail allows you to toss it down the memory hole. Used properly, Dmail will be a good option to erase “sent” mistakes. Improperly used though, it could foster an unhealthy spirit of corporate back biting.
What do you think? Is Dmail a genius way to help people correct their email faux pas, or is it an invitation for disaster?
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