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Fire­fox Send

Fire­fox’s handy new Send tool ( send .fire­ makes send­ing large files quick and easy – you just drag them to your browser and share a link. What’s more, be­cause the files are set to self-destruct af­ter they’ve been down­loaded, you’ll never have to worry about us­ing up space in your cloud stor­age or re­mem­ber­ing to delete old files that you’ve left on­line.

There’s no need to set up a Send ac­count or down­load any soft­ware to use the ser­vice. Just visit­fox .com in any browser (not just Fire­fox), and drag and drop files of up to 1GB in size to up­load them and gen­er­ate a se­cure, en­crypted down­load link. Each link re­mains ac­tive for up to 24 hours or un­til the file is down­loaded, at which point the link ex­pires au­to­mat­i­cally.

You can re­view all your cur­rently live files by re­fresh­ing­ If you need to share more than one file and want to use a sin­gle link, you can do so by ar­chiv­ing the files on your com­puter first, pro­vided they don’t ex­ceed the 1GB file limit.

Fire­fox Send isn’t much use for sharing files with more than one re­cip­i­ent, but a fur­ther up­side of the ex­pir­ing links is that you know when your re­cip­i­ent has re­ceived the file. Snap­mail There are plenty of ser­vices for send­ing self-de­struc­t­ing text mes­sages from your phone, but find­ing an app that’ll do the same when you send an email from your com­puter is a lit­tle trick­ier. One of our favourite tools is Chrome ex­ten­sion Snap­mail, which lets you send emails from Gmail that dis­ap­pear au­to­mat­i­cally af­ter 60 sec­onds. In­stall the ex­ten­sion from the Chrome Web Store ( snap­mail432) and when you compose a new email, sim­ply click the Snap­mail but­ton in­stead of Send. The re­cip­i­ent re­ceives a se­cure link to the mes­sage and once opened, it’ll ex­pire within one minute. The ex­ten­sion will only en­crypt text, so if you want to send images or other at­tach­ments, then you’re bet­ter off us­ing Fire­fox Send.

Tele­gram If you need to share pass­words or other pri­vate in­for­ma­tion with loved ones, then Tele­gram’s ( tele­ Se­cret Chat gives you the con­fi­dence that this in­for­ma­tion won’t end up in the wrong hands. Se­cret Chat not only of­fers end-to-end en­cryp­tion, but also blocks for­ward­ing of con­tent and lets you set your mes­sages, photos, videos and other files to self-destruct a spec­i­fied amount of time af­ter they’ve been read or opened.

To start a new Se­cret Chat on an An­droid de­vice, open Tele­gram’s main menu and se­lect New Se­cret Chat. On IOS, tap the icon in the top-right cor­ner in Mes­sages, then choose New Se­cret Chat. Next, choose the re­cip­i­ent and set the self-destruct timer by tap­ping the clock icon (in the top bar on An­droid and in the in­put field on IOS), then choos­ing the de­sired time limit. Now, when you send a mes­sage or file, it’ll dis­ap­pear ac­cord­ing to this timer.

It’s worth not­ing that a Se­cret Chat is de­vice-spe­cific, so if you start one on your An­droid phone, it’ll only be vis­i­ble there, not on your other de­vices. Any mes­sages you send be­fore set­ting the self­de­struct timer will re­main vis­i­ble to the re­cip­i­ent un­less you man­u­ally delete them. To do this, long-press the in­di­vid­ual mes­sage (not the chat) and choose Delete. Photos sent with an ex­piry time of less than a minute are not avail­able to down­load and screen­shots are also blocked.

Tele­gram is un­doubt­edly one of the most se­cure op­tions for send­ing self-de­struc­t­ing mes­sages on your phone or tablet, but if you also want the op­tion to pro­tect a spe­cific Se­cret Chat with a PIN code, try Viber ( www.viber .com) for An­droid or IOS. Face­book Mes­sen­ger If you want to send end-to-end en­crypted, self-de­struc­t­ing mes­sages, you don’t even have to down­load a ded­i­cated mes­sag­ing app (such as Tele­gram) be­cause both th­ese fea­tures are now sup­ported by Face­book Mes­sen­ger. To open a ‘ Se­cret Con­ver­sa­tion’ in Mes­sen­ger for An­droid, open a nor­mal con­ver­sa­tion with the per­son you want to share pri­vate in­for­ma­tion with, then tap the info but­ton and choose ‘Go to Se­cret Con­ver­sa­tion’. Like Tele­gram, Mes­sen­ger lets you send mes­sages, photos and videos in Se­cret Con­ver­sa­tions, but there’s no sup­port for other files.

To set the self-destruct timer, tap the stop­watch in the text-in­put field and choose the time when you want mes­sages to dis­ap­pear. Be­fore typ­ing your mes­sage, you’ll see the text-in­put field clearly marked with ‘dis­ap­pear­ing mes­sage’. Un­like Tele­gram, there’s no op­tion to man­u­ally delete mes­sages from the re­cip­i­ent’s de­vice that you didn’t set to self-destruct, and re­cip­i­ents can still use screen­shots to cap­ture your self-de­struc­t­ing con­tent. imes­sage Ap­ple imes­sage’s ‘ In­vis­i­ble Ink’ fea­ture lets you make mes­sages in­vis­i­ble un­til the re­cip­i­ent chooses to re­veal them, but there’s no op­tion to set them to self-destruct, which means it only of­fers added fun and not se­cu­rity. How­ever, it is pos­si­ble to cre­ate self-de­struc­t­ing mes­sages in imes­sage by in­stalling the third-party app Con­fide ( get­con­fide .com/down­load). Tap the Apps icon in imes­sage, then tap the Ad­di­tional Apps op­tion be­fore tap­ping the ‘+ Store’ icon. Once you’re in the store, tap the search icon to search for Con­fide, then in­stall it.

To send a self-de­struc­t­ing mes­sage with Con­fide, tap the Apps icon again, then swipe right un­til you see Con­fide. Se­lect Get Started and you can then choose whether you want to send a self-de­struc­t­ing mes­sage or photo. Af­ter en­ter­ing your mes­sage, tap Con­tinue, then the Send but­ton in imes­sage. The mes­sage ap­pears as an imes­sage at­tach­ment on the re­cip­i­ent’s de­vice, un­less they don’t have Con­fide in­stalled, in which case they’ll see a link they can tap to in­stall it. Swip­ing your fin­ger across a mes­sage re­veals it and you can only view each mes­sage once, af­ter which it au­to­mat­i­cally self-de­structs.

If you find the process of send­ing Con­fide mes­sages in imes­sage a lit­tle clunky, you can just use the Con­fide app di­rectly, pro­vid­ing your re­cip­i­ent has it, too. It’s also avail­able for Win­dows, MACOS and An­droid us­ing the same link.

Send emails that dis­ap­pear af­ter 60 sec­onds with Snap­mail

Fire­fox Send lets you send down­load links that ex­pire as soon as they’re used

In­stall Con­fide to send self- de­struc­t­ing mes­sages in imes­sage

Use Face­book’s Se­cret Con­ver­sa­tions to send en­crypted, self- de­struc­t­ing mes­sages

Tele­gram’s Se­cret Chats can’t be cap­tured us­ing screen­shots

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