Google to Introduce Self-destructing Email Feature in Gmail

Google to Introduce Self-destructing Email Feature in Gmail

The addition of Confidential Mode will grant users greater control over the emails they send, giving them the option of adding password protection to a message so they can not be opened by unauthorized people. The publication's report notes that email services have to be compatible with multiple email providers and email clients.

The expiring emails feature works similarly to the expiring emails feature in ProtonMail as the email becomes unreadable after some time. "But it doesn't seem to be stopping Google as the company is now evolving beyond the simple POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocols", the report reads. However, the feature is still under development, as the option "Learn More" now redirects to a blank page. Also, on the recipient end, Gmail will show the content of confidential emails as a link which will verify a user's identity before showing the email content. According to the report, copy and paste and printing are not allowed in this mode. Of course, these features won't restrict the receiver's ability to store the email's content via taking a screenshot or capture a photo from another device. Even then, like TechCrunch reported, the Confidential Mode is available to a handful of users right now. "Complete", meaning that those sensitive emails will also be deleted immediately from Google servers. On the other hand, Google generates an email with a link in Gmail's current implementation. This feature which is gaining attention from all the big tech giants hasn't been left out by the Gmail team and is possibly ready to be pushed ahead to the users. Google has not mentioned end-to-end encryption anywhere, which means the company is most likely to stick with non-encrypted emails.

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The password-protecting of email is something that will be welcomed by many users, and it is going to be implemented through the use of a code sent out via SMS. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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