Google to Introduce Self-destructing Email Feature in Gmail

Google to Introduce Self-destructing Email Feature in Gmail

But while the leaked screenshots showed numerous big changes in Gmail, info about a new feature that lets users send self-destructing emails is only starting to trickle out now.

According to those who have tested GMail's Confidential Mode, it will allow you to block the ability to resend, copy, download, or print emails sent by users and marked with a special option, which can prove to be extremely useful. Gmail's expiring email will essentially become unreadable after some time.

What is also unclear at this point is whether the feature will work with other email accounts or only for emails sent to other Gmail users. 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.

Other than the addition of snoozing and smart replies - which we already knew were coming - the key feature of the new design is a modular sidebar that allows it to integrate with other Google apps.

Gmail's redesign will have some other snazzy new features as well.




An American tech giant, Google all set to launch a refurbished Gmail with a fresh look.

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. That means you never have to leave your inbox to create a to-do list or reschedule a meeting.

And you'll be able to put an extra layer of security on particularly sensitive emails - you can require the recipient to confirm their identity with a passcode (sent to their phone), or to log in a second time, before viewing the content. 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.

It's worth pointing out that Confidential Mode's protections will likely be relatively easy to circumvent. The features "won't stop people from taking a screenshot or a photo of an email", The Verge notes Friday.

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