It sounds like something out of a Mission Impossible movie, but an American company has made the phrase "This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds" a reality by creating a Self-Destructing Video Email that it says can be programmed to self-destruct after a specific number of viewings or a set time.

“This self-destructing feature allows individuals and companies to maintain control of their intellectual property”, stated Darin Myman of BigString Corporation, the company behind the technology.

“For individuals it can prevent the forwarding of personal videos that can become embarrassing fodder for the Internet. Entertainment companies and musicians can now send a once-viewable video of a performance or song. Videos that are time sensitive can be set to self-destruct at a specific time or day.”

To benefit you will have to use BigString's free email service, which currently only lets you send footage up to five-minutes, however you won't have to download any additional software as the service is web-based.

In addition to permitting users to send recallable, erasable and self-destructing emails, BigString’s also allows users to send emails and pictures that can't be printed or saved.