Gmail's new 'Confidential Mode' locks down sensitive messages

Gmail's new 'Confidential Mode' locks down sensitive messages

Gmail's new 'Confidential Mode' locks down sensitive messages

Earlier in the week, we learned that Google has a redesign of the Gmail web interface arrivingfor G Suite and regular users in the coming weeks. One of those is a "Confidential Mode" for sensitive messages, which prevents them from being forwarded, downloaded, printed, and more.

Further helping to secure email communications, senders have the option to require the recipient to verify their identity with a passcode before opening an email sent in Confidential Mode. Borrowing from its modern sibling Inbox, Gmail is slated to get new features such as Smart Reply and email snooze toggles.

Offline support, which Google said it will make available by June 2018, will let you store your emails on your computer so you can access them offline.

Today, we're learning that Google is looking to add a new feature to Gmail: self-destructing emails.

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Finally, there will be an option to set email expiration dates. Hopefully, if both people are on the redesigned version of Gmail, the message will just appear, and the Gmail client can handle the confidentiality requirements in the background. Apart from that, the mailing service will also incorporate elements from Google's Material Design and Bubble Design.

Also in the works, is a "Confidential Mode". Many people do have a Gmail account at this point in time, but for emails between business, for example, the new Gmail design may not mesh well with existing infrastructure. You'll be able to specify how long your email sits in the recipient's inbox before it is deleted automatically. Now, Google is giving us all a new Gmail design.

While these "confidential" emails are hard to forward or copy for the sender, it's important to note that there's no word of end-to-end encryption - suggesting that Google can still read the contents of your emails and comply with law enforcement if they're required to give information from your account - so don't send anything you wouldn't be fine with the authorities seeing.

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