Google to launch a “Confidential Mode”

Gmail will now include “self destructing” emails

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Google is reportedly launching a new update in the coming weeks and a prominent feature that will be added to its email service, Gmail is the “Confidential Mode”.

The Confidential Mode will give an additional layer of security to the emails you want to keep private. The mode will restrict the recipient of a certain email from forwarding, copying, downloading and printing the email.

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If the sender chooses to lock the email, a passcode that will be sent via SMS will be required by the recipient to confirm their identity and open the confidential email. Senders can even set an expiration date (of one week, one month or multiple years) for the email after which the email will “self-destruct” which means the receiver will no longer be able to read it.

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The update and the new features were hinted a few days back by a Google representative in an email:

“We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase).

“We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet — archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send.”

Well, now few of the details have been leaked leaving users in anticipation.

Google’s I/O Developer Conference will be starting from May 8th and the updates for Gmail and other Google web services are expected to be released during the conference.

The features are coming just at the right time as some recent events have really ignited concerns among consumers regarding data privacy. For instance the latest Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal has forced users to worry about their private data being shared, used and accessed by third parties.

Well, now the Gmail users will feel safe as there would be no possibility for their messages being forwarded and copied further.


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