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Gmail Confidential Mode Brings Self-Destructing Emails And Identity Verification For Recipients

15 April 2018

However, the most exciting feature of all might be a new "Confidential Mode" revealed by reports on Friday.

"Working on an email service is hard as you have to be compatible with all sorts of email providers and email clients".

The company sent out notices to a few G Suite administrators, the ones who oversee your work email, alerting them to a new Gmail version coming soon through an opt-in Early Adopter Program.

The revamp looks like it'll feature a new, clean design, smart replies, the ability to snooze emails and a new pane for the Calendar and Keep apps.

Gmail Confidential Mode Brings Self-Destructing Emails And Identity Verification For Recipients
Gmail Confidential Mode Brings Self-Destructing Emails And Identity Verification For Recipients

According to TechCrunch, users can configure the expiration date to have their emails disappear after 1 week, 1 month, multiple years, etc.

When composing an email it appears users will be able to click a lock that prevents the contents of said communication being forwarded, copied, pasted, printed or downloaded. Also, the new feature will be smoothly embedded in the compose screen of the Gmail website which will make it easier for the users to switch to the "Confidential Mode". However, the feature is still under development, as the option "Learn More" now redirects to a blank page.

How do you control when recipients' emails self-destruct?

When it expires, it is automatically deleted from the inbox and the sender's inbox. Also, there might be other tools available in the market using which a user can record the email that they have received. TechCrunch's report notes that a confidential message doesn't have to be encrypted, which means that it's likely that Google can still see the content of the email. When users try to open an expired e-mail, they'll find an expired link to the message and will no longer be available for viewing.

The features are nearly similar to some of the features found in Microsoft's full Outlook application as Microsoft is also adding the ability to restrict emails on its Outlook.com service.

Gmail Confidential Mode Brings Self-Destructing Emails And Identity Verification For Recipients