Seth Wisely said

September 21, 2009

self destructing services help re-educate unwashed masses using email

Filed under: antispam, interweb — Tags: , , — Seth Wisely @ 08:29

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The largest source of spam for me is the VAST unwashed masses using email.  Those people blissfully unaware that email predates the interweb.  I no longer have the patience to re-educate each on BCC and email netiquette so I have finally accepted the necessity of proximate circles of trust.  The more trusted the contact the better email contact information provided.  My peripheral email address uses self destructing images, self destructing URLs, and disposable email aliases to send content that is likely to tempt the ignorant into mashing her FWD button.

drop : media :: (kicknotes or stealthmessage) : text :: (vapurl or urlgone or ephemurl) : url

drop.io (expire: week, month, year: exactly or since last access)
kicknotes.com
vapurl.com (expire by days or clicks or combination.  can track usage)
urlgone.com (expire by days)
ephemurl.com (expire by days
stealthmessage.com (DO NOT give it email address other than DEA to collect URL to email yourself)

When their respective recipients receive the email with URLs to content that is no longer available the feedback loop discourages them from forwarding my email.

^ I have been emailing various services for more than a year pressing for self expiring options. Seemingly there are many new fruits of this effort.  :-}

This is far more convenient that using a cPanel webhost for DIY expiration. (ftp + mod_rewrite + cron + pixie dust)

entertaining variations

self destructing crypto key for text posting
http://vanish.cs.washington.edu/

vapurl alternative:  urlgone.com or ephemurl.com
urlgone alternative: vapurl.com or ephemurl.com
kicknotes alternative: stealthmessage.com
sturly alternatives: vapurl.com or urlgone.com or ephemurl.com
drop.io alternative: disposablewebpage.com (weak alternative for media)

alternatively alternatives: alternativeto.net or listio.net — with original credit to akebono then DMOZ

self destructing alternatives to pastebin:  tinypaste.com

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