Gmail’s confidential mode; features to protect sensitive mails

Additionally, the recipients of a ‘Confidential Mail’ will not be able to download, copy/paste, forward or print a physical copy of the email.

Amid data privacy becoming a major issue, the tech giant Google has recently revamped its Gmail mailing service.

The revamping is to include several new features to offer greater control to the sender of an email.

One of the most prominent features is that of ‘Confidential Mode’ added by the Google.

The ‘Confidential Mode’ lets you protect sensitive emails by setting a passcode not giving an option to forward and setting an expiration date (after which the email will be automatically deleted).

Additionally, the recipients of a ‘Confidential Mail’ will not be able to download, copy/paste, forward or print a physical copy of the email.

However, recipients will be able to take a screenshot and of course, click a photograph of the email contents.

Click Compose.

In the bottom right of the window, click ‘Turn on confidential mode’ by clicking on the icon clock/lock icon in the last row beside ‘Send’ and ‘Attachment’ icons. (If you have already turned on confidential mode for an email, go to the bottom of the email, then click Edit to make changes for a particular mail.)

Set an expiration date and passcode for an email after which it will no longer be available on the recipients inbox. Note that recipients cannot download attachments as well.

Set a passcode: If you choose “No SMS passcode,” recipients using the Gmail app will be able to open it directly. recipients who don’t use Gmail will get emailed a passcode.If you choose “SMS passcode,” recipients will get a passcode by text message. Make sure you enter the recipient’s phone number, not your own. The click ‘Save’.

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