Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
IT | By Darin Griffith

New Gmail feature to allow users to send 'confidential' emails

New Gmail feature to allow users to send 'confidential' emails

Confidential Mode touched base with the new Gmail in April this year, and Android and iOS users are at last getting it.

To begin with, ensure that your Gmail app is up to date with the latest version 8.7.15. The service has improvised over years and various new feature have been added to Gmail. Here you can set expiration and other things for confidential email. Now, Google has started rolling out the feature for the Gmail Android app as well.

The feature is live now in Gmail, so you can check it out.

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Putting your email in Confidential Mode only takes a few steps. Here you set the expiry date for the emails and enter a new passcode. That means that recipient won't be able to download any sensitive photos or documents you might send, so this will certainly have its uses for those in the business world as well. Without it, they can't open the email.

Tap on the three-dot-menu in the top right corner and then tap on Confidential mode. (Users can choose from expiration options such as one week, one month, etc.) The confidential message's recipients will have the options to forward, copy, and print it, along with download disabled.

Also, confidentiality could be compromised if the recipient is using a malware-infected computer.

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Users can view instructions for sending confidential messages, revoking access early, and opening emails sent with confidential message at a Google support page.

You will have two further settings for setting up the Confidential Mode. Gmail is our best friend when it comes to mail transactions. Which this in mind, confidential emails won't have options for forwarding, copying, printing or downloading. In a recent review, EFF points out that the message isn't encrypted from end-to-end, so Google could read the contents. Scroll down and reach the bottom of the screen, and select "remove access".

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