E-Mail After the Rapture
It's easy to laugh at the You've Been Left Behind site, which purports to send automatic e-mails to your friends after the Rapture:
The unsaved will be 'left behind' on earth to go through the "tribulation period" after the "Rapture".... We have made it possible for you to send them a letter of love and a plea to receive Christ one last time. You will also be able to give them some help in living out their remaining time. In the encrypted portion of your account you can give them access to your banking, brokerage, hidden valuables, and powers of attorneys' (you won't be needing them any more, and the gift will drive home the message of love). There won't be any bodies, so probate court will take 7 years to clear your assets to your next of Kin. 7 years of course is all the time that will be left. So, basically the Government of the AntiChrist gets your stuff, unless you make it available in another way.
But what if the creator of this site isn't as scrupulous as he implies he is? What if he uses all of that account information, passwords, safe combinations, and whatever before any rapture? And even if he is an honest true believer, this seems like a mighty juicy target for any would-be identity thief.
And -- if you're curious -- this is how the triggering mechanism works:
We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the "Rapture" of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system.
The site claims that the data can be encrypted, but it looks like the encryption key is stored on the server with the data.
EDITED TO ADD (6/14): Here's a similar site, run by atheists so they can guarantee that they'll be left behind to deliver all the messages.
Posted on June 2, 2008 at 1:09 PM • 58 Comments