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How to make an email expire?



4:40 pm on Jun 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What technology can be used to make emails expire from a hard drive and self-delete?

The reason I ask is because I receive password notification mails from a message board where I am active. Those mails tend to self-delete after approximately a week in my mail inbox.


10:11 am on Jul 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I would like to know the same!
intresting isnt it!


10:36 am on Jul 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Self deleting emails? I don't think so. Does that happen at the server or in your computer?


5:13 am on Jul 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Some e-mail systems will let you set mail to expire, but these systems only work with users of like software. There is no standardized protocol to make an e-mail self delete.


3:02 am on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In Microsoft Outlook (2003) you click on the Options Button and check the "Expires after:" checkbox and give it a date and time. But as bill said, the client application/server would have to support this for it to work.


5:28 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It depends upon the client program you are using.

Outlook using POP3 or Eudora download the e-mail to your hard drive. It is up to that program to erase e-mail, depending upon settings in the program. Mine never expire, I put confirmations with passwords into a separate Eudora folder where they live forever (it is encrypted). On some business networks the systems are setup so that all e-mail not moved to a folder will be erased after a certain time.

IMAP system (I think Outlook can use IMAP) leave the e-mail on the server. Software on the server can delete e-mail after a given period of time.

If you send e-mail to someone else, I don't think that there is any way for you to make it expire; that is up to the person you send it to or his network administrator.


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