Gmail for Android adds confidential mode

Gmail Brings Confidential Emails to Mobile

Gmail Confidential Mode Rolling Out, Password Protect Attachments...

Google recently announced that the Gmail confidential mode, for mobile phone users, will soon be rolling out to the masses.

However, the new Gmail feature provides a layer of security now lacking in the standard system and in some other email platforms.

In April, a brand new design of Gmail was leaked with new features such as snoozing, Smart Reply, and offline support.

For users to make the most of the new feature they have to be in an email thread.

While Gmail users will have no trouble opening the confidential message, non-Gmail customers will get an email passcode to authenticate from a secure web portal. Now when you send the mail to a particular recipient, they will have a specific time limit to check the mail after which it will be expired.

Gmail's Confidential Mode launched on desktop earlier this year, but it's new to Android and iOS.

With this, let's say you're having to email a bunch of sensitive documents for a home purchase or a photo of a driver's license for some reason.

Open Gmail app tap on the menu icon on the left go to Sent. If the recipient is a non-gmail user, then they will get a passcode to their email for authentication.

- If you choose "No SMS passcode," recipients using the Gmail app will be able to open it directly.

On the top right, tap on three dots and tap on Confidential Mode. The mode is a self-destruct timer too which will automatically delete all the info at the exact time you like.

Implementing confidential mode is a fairly easy process that's similar across both Android and iOS. Recipients of these secret messages won't have the capacity to copy, paste, and download, print or forward the message, and attachments will be disabled.

You will then have to choose a passcode which can be an OTP on the recipient's phone number, or you can skip it.

Now when it comes to sending the mail through this confidential mode it's easy.

Some people contest Google's use of the word "confidential", arguing it might mislead people into expecting true confidentiality when in fact it doesn't. In a recent review, EFF points out that the message isn't encrypted from end-to-end, so Google could read the contents.

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