Google Added A Surprising New Feature In Gmail - The Confidential Mode

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Google is planning to give Gmail a facelift and new security capabilities, including the ability to send email messages that delete themselves after a prescribed period, according to reports.

If you screw up in a way that gets any sort of media attention, chances are you won't like what you see when you run a query for your name on Google.

The new version of Gmail will also show a lock icon which would be placed in the compose box in order to activate the Confidential Mode.


"You can configure the expiration date so that your email disappears after 1 week, 1 month, multiple years, etc.", Tech Crunch writes. The design will feature elements of Google's Material design.

As per TechCrunch's report, this mode will prevent the receiver of the mail from forwarding, downloading, copying or pasting the email text.

The recipients of those confidential emails will simply receive a link to their Gmail account.


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.

The new Gmail is slated to launch within the next few weeks, Google has confirmed.

Now, in another legal challenge, Google has once again come off second best after it failed in its bid to stop a businessman seeking to invoke his "right to be forgotten". As per some reports from the web, it seems like that Google is also working on a Confidential Mode which is said to bring the self-destructing emails along with some other privacy-focused changes. Furthermore, it will feature a right-side column in which users can load apps like Google Calendar, Tasks and Keep.


Mashable said that Google has left no hints as to what the update will mean for your personal email use, though. Users will be able to select a date when the email will expire, after which the receiver will no longer be able to see the email. As the G Suite email, regular Gmail users along with G Suite customers will have to opt-in into a new Early Adopter Program to access the new Gmail. The Verge notes, though, that recipients will still be able to take screenshots or photos of these confidential emails.

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