This text message will self-destruct in 40 seconds…

 作者:司寇艮     |      日期:2019-03-02 01:16:10
By Will Knight Incriminating text messages need not cause embarrassment for long, thanks to a service that causes awkward notes to “self-destruct” shortly after being read. The StealthText service from UK company Staellium is only available in the UK. Users must download and install a small software application and must also have a phone capable of accessing WAP internet content. Cellphone users can purchase a bundle of 10 self-destructing messages for £5 by signing up and sending the word STEALTH to the number 80880. A “time-bomb” message can then be sent using the StealthText application. The recipient does not need to download any software as they will receive a normal text containing a link to the real message. Once the link has been activated and the message has been viewed, it will disappear after 40 seconds. Staellium suggests the service would appeal to anyone wanting to communicate sensitive information. It notes that several celebrities, including footballer David Beckham, have been embarrassed when the contents of salacious text messages have been published in tabloid newspapers, revealing details of their private lives. “Whether you’re a celebrity who’s up to no good or a business executive dealing in sensitive information, the last thing you want is for urgent text messages you’ve sent to fall into the wrong hands,” the company says on the web page for the product. But the service could also have serious implications, says Guy Kewney, who runs the UK website NewWireless. This is because companies are required to keep records of their employees’ communications regarding company business. “If current legislation doesn’t cover this, then it will be rapidly enhanced to do so,” he told New Scientist. To comply with data retention regulations,