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Burn Note Unveils Self-Destructing Messages

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There is a new messaging service that allows users to send, depending on your preference, James Bond style messages.

"Burn Notes" are sent with an expiration date for their display. The sender can set the viewing time for the recipient to read it. When expired, the note is dynamically erased from the screen and not available more.

Is there a better way to send secret plans or nasty messages that do not leave a paper trail? According to the website, Burn Notes are not just deleted from the screen, but from the server as well in a way that they cannot be recovered. Also, the recipient cannot take a screenshot and cannot copy and paste the notes, if the sender selects the "Spyglass" option. Unread notes are deleted after 72 hours of sending.

Of course, the terms of service state that the messages being sent should not be illegal in any way, which would include, hateful, intimidating or harassing messages.

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    Anonymous , September 16, 2012 8:03 PM
    Try and stop me from using my digital camera hah.
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    math1337 , September 16, 2012 7:29 PM
    You can't block screenshots. It's done at the OS level. Hit the buttons on iOS, Android, or a desktop OS, and you have some record. Won't hold up in court or anything, though, because your screenshots can be photoshopped.
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2012 7:08 PM
    "Deleted from the server in a way that can't be recovered"

    But not, of course, before the NSA grabs a permanent copy.
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2012 7:08 PM
    "Deleted from the server in a way that can't be recovered"

    But not, of course, before the NSA grabs a permanent copy.
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    Lan , September 16, 2012 7:08 PM
    Quote:
    Of course, the terms of service state that the messages being sent should not be illegal in any way, which would include, hateful, intimidating or harassing messages.


    Yeah...because THAT'S enforceable...
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 16, 2012 7:21 PM
    Snipping Tool. I'd like to see you make THAT impossible.
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    math1337 , September 16, 2012 7:29 PM
    You can't block screenshots. It's done at the OS level. Hit the buttons on iOS, Android, or a desktop OS, and you have some record. Won't hold up in court or anything, though, because your screenshots can be photoshopped.
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2012 7:36 PM
    Just tried Snipping Tool and was able to get a screen shot of the text I sent myself. Just pin snipping tool to the task bar and as soon as you select to see the message hit the snipping tool button and the text comes back even though the website replaced the image with another one
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    thecolorblue , September 16, 2012 7:43 PM
    Printscreen -

    LOL fail hard
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    thecolorblue , September 16, 2012 7:49 PM
    protip, if you need something to stay a secret...


    use nothing digital
    do not speak of it if there is a cell phone nearby (even if it is powered off)
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    Anonymous , September 16, 2012 8:03 PM
    Try and stop me from using my digital camera hah.
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    schnitter , September 16, 2012 8:05 PM
    O really? Does it disable my PRINT SCREEN button aswell? Or does it disable Camtasia Studios from screen recording?
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    rocknrollz , September 16, 2012 8:11 PM
    Print screen won't help with spyglass mode. But capture software is usable, and doubt it if it can be stopped.
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    Kami3k , September 16, 2012 8:28 PM
    thecolorblueprotip, if you need something to stay a secret...use nothing digitaldo not speak of it if there is a cell phone nearby (even if it is powered off)


    Nutter.
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    Kami3k , September 16, 2012 8:28 PM
    RockNRollzPrint screen won't help with spyglass mode. But capture software is usable, and doubt it if it can be stopped.


    Take a picture of the monitor. Nothing can stop that.
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    A Bad Day , September 16, 2012 8:31 PM
    Kami3kTake a picture of the monitor. Nothing can stop that.


    Then they can accuse you of photoshop, which leads you to nowhere...
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    Supertrek32 , September 16, 2012 8:33 PM
    math1337You can't block screenshots. It's done at the OS level. Hit the buttons on iOS, Android, or a desktop OS, and you have some record. Won't hold up in court or anything, though, because your screenshots can be photoshopped.

    Nope, but enough screenshots probably give enough reasonable evidence to check their ISP logs. And if they were accessing the site shortly before you received the message, that's pretty good circumstantial evidence, especially if it happened repeatedly.
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    CaedenV , September 16, 2012 8:36 PM
    Is this 007 Sunday?
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    dvo , September 16, 2012 8:48 PM
    RockNRollzPrint screen won't help with spyglass mode. But capture software is usable, and doubt it if it can be stopped.


    depends on how short the message is. if its only a word or two and fits in the spyglass you can printscreen it as well. and the default time is 180 seconds, which is plenty of time for someone to take a handful of screenshots to get a longer message put together.
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    thecolorblue , September 16, 2012 9:31 PM
    Kami3kNutter.

    ignorants such as yourself ( aka - the general corporate media consuming population) enable the abuses of govt through your own ignorance.

    here is a chance for you to learn something though... your lucky day :) 
    http://www.democracynow.org/topics/wiretapping
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    weierstrass , September 16, 2012 10:12 PM
    Screenshots are very easy to prevent, you just need to render the text like an CRT monitor such that any screenshot can only contain a single pixel or line of the actual image.
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    john_4 , September 16, 2012 10:20 PM
    Kami3kTake a picture of the monitor. Nothing can stop that.

    Or a screen capture program like the one thats comes with OS X.
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    david-xz , September 17, 2012 12:33 AM
    Use google code inspector, you can get access to the hidden image file :)  no need to screen shot, and have problems with the akward spyglass, just save the gif :D 

    inspect element > resources > images > the image starts with image:D ata > open link in new tab > save the gif file ^^

    So much for secrets :D 

    The only advantage of this is the "self destruct" option is it remove it from the server side (assumed), but it doesn't get rid of the cached image on the client side :) .
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