A new program from a British software company takes the "uh-oh" out of e-mail. London's 1on1mail.com has developed a system with military-style encryption that is so high, it would be illegal to export if the company were based in the U.S. A new version released in November even allows people to retract messages they have sent to other users of 1on1mail.
The new "oops" button is far more effective than similar features on mainstream e-mail systems, says Leo Scheiner, CEO and founder of parent company Global Market Ltd. Other systems leave unencrypted versions of a message in the memory of the recipient's computer and with the Internet service providers that handled the message. Any one of them can be recovered by a competent technician, often years after they have been "deleted." Messages sent through the 1on1mail system can be retracted without a trace, Scheiner says.
He envisions 1on1mail as a new standard for corporate communications on sensitive matters. "Regular e-mail is exactly like sending a postcard. Everyone en route can read it--and does," he says. With 1on1mail, that may soon change.