Self-destruction is the core value of our current times.
Just as we seek to destroy ourselves with our self-indulgence and our joie de vivre, we seek our private messages to be destroyed before the world's security services read them.
And so along comes a company called PowerInbox to assist us on our path to righteousness.
Seeing, perhaps, that Snapchat, the send-it-and-forget-it messaging app, was rather popular, PowerInbox is offering SecretInk. This delightful concoction claims to have all the properties of Snapchat, but for e-mail (and even SMS).
Why Snapchat never thought of this, I have no idea. Perhaps the wise and youthful founders thought that no one e-mails anymore.
Still, the SecretInk honcho types promise that your e-mails can be sent over an encrypted channel, one of which the NSA is entirely oblivious. (Well, until they read this, of course)
I run a little skeptical when I hear such claims. The bravado of most tech types is akin to that of a mouse before it sees its first cat.
So I asked Jeff Kupietzky, PowerInbox's CEO, to justify his confidence.
He told me: "We delete the message off of our server after it's been read and we can go on the record stating that we have NEVER been contacted by the NSA to compromise our server. If we ever were, we would shut the service down."
"Hey, Jeff. I have a Keith Alexander on line one."
In any case, with Snapchat the recipient can take a screenshot. What makes SecretInk any different?
More Technically Incorrect
Kupietzky told me: "A recipient can always take a screenshot. SecretInk is a way to protect your private communications from being intercepted by third parties and offers as much protection as possible toward that goal. You have to trust the person you're sending a message to."
Trust? Did he say "trust?" Who does that these days? Not even porn stars.
As I wandered through SecretInk's small print (before it disappeared), I noticed one phrase that shivered my timbers. The company promised "additional security features" will be added shortly.
But if this thing keeps you safe from prying eyes, why would you need additional security features?
Kupietzky explained: "We can always harden security through items like password protection or other forms of authentication."
I have felt a hardening in the password protection of my soul for quite a while now.
Can SecretInk possibly be the answer to the prayers of those who still use e-mail because they believe in quaint concepts such as complexity and paragraphs?
This is something you must decide. E-mail me when you have.