Google releases ‘Confidential Mode’ for Gmail on Android

Angelica Greene
August 21, 2018

Once the Confidential Mode feature begins rolling out for the Gmail app for Android and iOS, it will automatically be made available within the app for use. Though, the Gmail app hasn't received any new tools yet. For example, with the new Confidential mode, users can set an expiration date for messages or revoke access at any time. Gmail introduced the Confidential Mode for its users to facilitate communications involving sensitive information over mail, a feature in high demand given the current concerns regarding data security. The tech giant published a blog post, which featured the brand new security-enhanced version of Gmail. You can specify for how long the email should be accessible to the recipient before it's disappeared. Open the app and click on compose button to create a new email.

As added protection, Google also gives users the option of requiring an SMS passcode to open a particular message.

On the top right, tap on three dots and tap on Confidential Mode. These refer to the recipient's inability to copy, forward, download, or print content.

The authors conclude that the only totally secure email system would rely on robust technologies, such as end-to-end encryption "which provide actual mathematical assurances of confidentiality".

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In addition, the digital privacy advocacy group has pointed out that expiring messages will not disappear from the Sent mail, which means they are completely retrievable. Both iOS and Android forms are transforming themselves, according to the new update.

The second option involves sending a passcode to the recipients linked mobile number.

For the time being, SMS-based passcodes are only available for users in North America, Europe, India, Japan and South America. Once this is done, the user will see a message that says content expired. Here you need to enter the recipients' number.

Tap the remove access option at the bottom of the email.

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