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Gmail is testing sending confidential emails that automatically expire

Gmail is testing sending confidential emails that automatically expire Gmail is testing sending confidential emails that automatically expire
Oscar Goodwin | 15 April, 2018, 01:22

The expiring emails feature works similarly to the expiring emails feature in ProtonMail as the email becomes unreadable after some time.

Additionally, when viewing a confidential email, Google reportedly disables the ability to copy or print anything in the email - though as the images in TechCrunch's story prove, there's nothing stopping someone from taking a screenshot or even a picture with a nearby smartphone.

Gmail is testing sending confidential emails that automatically expire
Gmail is testing sending confidential emails that automatically expire

According to a source who talked to TechCrunch, Gmail's new "confidential mode" lets users create self-expiring emails that disappear after a specific amount of time. However, the feature is still under development, as the option "Learn More" now redirects to a blank page. However, there is one big concern surrounding the new feature which is - although Google does not allow printing, copying, or pasting of the email content there are no measures whatsoever to prevent the receiver from screenshotting the email. When someone receives an email sent with Confidential Mode, it will contain an embedded link that will allow them to view the secure content.

Would these features make you feel better about the security of your email account? The Verge notes, though, that recipients will still be able to take screenshots or photos of these confidential emails. The new Gmail may have a feature that asks the recipient to type in SMS passcode to open the mail. On the other hand, Google generates an email with a link in Gmail's current implementation. This includes Smart Replies which are already available on Gmail's mobile counterparts, snoozing messages for a later time and a few new layouts for how much information you'd like to have on the home page itself. Google has not mentioned end-to-end encryption anywhere, which means the company is most likely to stick with non-encrypted emails. When a user sends an email using the confidential mode, the mail will look like any other email. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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