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    64-bit Windows 10

    This e-mail will self-destruct in five seconds

    Like a "Mission Impossible" tape, e-mails could disintegrate before unauthorized eyes get a chance to view them, according to an AT&T patent application.

    Ever lose sleep over e-mails you've sent? Messages of an embarrassing nature that make you wish you hadn't clicked on "send"?

    AT&T is thinking of you. It applied for a patent for self-deleting e-mail. Once sent, these missives won't hang around in some inbox waiting for someone to do what he pleases with them. They'll disintegrate, so to speak.

    "Method, System, and Apparatus for Providing Self-Destructing Electronic Mail Messages" is U.S. patent application number 20130159436 and was recently made public.

    The application outlines an e-mail client system and server application that can send and receive messages that self-delete.
    Read more at: This e-mail will self-destruct in five seconds | Crave - CNET

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    Haha, we will see more racist emails against the president.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    A screen shot of any email could be kept & stored.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise

    that would drive a very senior client of mine who has about 3000 old email in his saved folder to send on holidays and such .it drives him crazy now when 4 year old Halloween cartoons don't work [no longer hosted on the site linked to]and i can get through to him as to why they no longer work
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Politicians and CEOs will love it

    Politicians and CEOs will love it.
    No more incriminating emails being stored on Corporate or Government servers.

    What's the bet that it wil be legal for Corporations and the Governement to use it, but it will be declared illegal for ordinary users to use it (just like high level encryption).
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Yup, we mere mortals will always be regarded as fair game, that is why I thank people like Snowden and the wikileaks of this world!
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    Isn't there already the capability in at least some e-mail clients (and even MS Office documents) to limit who can read e-mail or documents? (I think it's called User Rights Management?) The idea is that the reciepient of an e-mail or attached document could not simply forward it to an unauthorized person.

    I haven't ever experimented with that "feature" so I could not say how it works, or what methods could be used to bypass such protections.
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    Will Not Work

    From what I can find out, emails always will leave a trace
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    Maryland USA
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    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot

    Too late, Ive already sent them....
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