SecretInk follows Snapchat in self-destruct message market

WARNING – not just pictures are self-destructing in super quick time.

Following the success of Snapchat – which deletes images after 10 seconds at most – comes SecretInk, which delivers similarly short-term texts and emails.

The firm PowerInbox is launching the system today to send encrypted messages strictly for your eyes only.

PowerInbox chief Jeff Kupietzky said the free service could be even more useful than Snapchat – which has just turned down a $3bn offer from Facebook,– because it can pass on vital passwords and bank details rather than just fun photos.

All very highbrow. Though somehow The Capitalist suspects it may be used for more commonplace pursuits like illicit love letters, untraceable wisecracks, memory tests...

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