VaporStream is a new service from Void Communications, offering what it claims is a unique product: recordless email that disappears after being read. Of course, anybody who has accidentally hit “delete” after reading an email knows that there is nothing unique about email that disappears.
But what VaporStream is offering goes well beyond deleting because, of course, even if you delete the email from your mail reader, it may still be resident on your hard drive, on your mail server, on the sender’s mail server, on the sender’s hard drive, and even places in between.
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VaporStream’s concept is that you use their system, and so the email resides nowhere else. It can’t be forwarded, it can’t be printed, it simply can’t be found. And even on their system, they never have the “to” and “from” information stored anywhere with the body of the email, and once the email is read, well, this message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.
So, will this concept take off?
Well, you know, it’s not that novel.
There is already a form of communication which leaves no trace on any computer, on any hard drive, on any server.
It’s called the telephone.
If you have to go through the trouble of logging in to someone else’s server – and paying them for it – in order to not send an email, why wouldn’t you just pick up the phone?
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