Privnote guide – Master encrypted messaging

Privnote is an online service that allows users to send encrypted messages that self-destruct after being read. It will open a text box where you type your message. The note is encrypted on your device before being transmitted, so the Privnote servers never see the unencrypted content. When you’re done typing, click “Create Note” and you’ll get a unique URL to share with the intended recipient. Anytime they visit this URL, it will decrypt and display the note. You also password-protect notes for an extra layer of security.

Setting a self-destruct timer

One of Privnote’s key features is that it makes notes disappear after being read. Upon note creation, you set a self-destruct timer for anywhere between 1 hour and 1 week. The note’s URL will automatically expire after this time, removing the content from Privnote’s servers. This allows you to share sensitive information without worrying about leaving a permanent record. The self-destruct feature essentially enables encrypted messaging that avoids the privacy risks of plain-text communication. Just be cognizant of the timer so the recipient checks the note in time.

Blocking recipients from copying content

how to protect text messages? By default, anyone who views your Privnote can select and copy its text contents. For an added layer of control, you disable text selection on a per-note basis. After composing a note, toggle the “Disable text selection” button on. Advanced users get around this limitation with screenshots and OCR. The advantage is that it provides a quick way to prevent sensitive information from being copied.

Using privacy modes

Privnote has 3 different privacy modes that control what kind of metadata is logged when someone views your note. This metadata includes the visitor’s IP address, user agent, and timestamp. To adjust this setting, click the lock icon when composing a new note.

  1. Default – Logs IP and user agent only. Most private.
  2. No Logs – Logs no metadata at all.
  3. Full Logs – Logs IP, user agent, and timestamps. Least private.

The default mode strikes a good balance for most use cases. But you can restrict metadata collection with No Logs or expand it with Full Logs as needed. We briefly mentioned adding a password to Privnote links earlier. If you want to enable this, check the “Protected with password” box after composing a note. You’ll need to enter a password that the recipient must enter before viewing the note. It adds security, ensuring only those you share the password with read the message. It essentially turns the link into a decryption key protected by a password.

Privnote makes encrypted messaging accessible to anyone with its dead simple interface. By mastering its core features like self-destructing notes, copy protection, and privacy modes, you communicate sensitive information while maintaining control over your privacy. Just share the unique URL and rest assured your message will remain confidential until intentionally deleted. So, next time you need to convey private details digitally, turn to Privnote. Its focus on encryption and ephemeral messaging helps you discuss sensitive topics without compromising your security.