Gmail's Google redesign could also introduce a new "sensitive mode" that would set various restrictions and allow self-destructive emails. The function seems to be testing right now, but here's what we know so far. Leon Neal | Getty Images )
The news about Google's Gmail redesign has recently been circulated, but there seems to be another feature that has not been discussed: Self-Destruction of Emails [1
According to a recent TechCrunch report, a Tipper revealed to the publication that Google is testing a "sensitive mode" that would make it easier for users to ensure their emails are only read by the intended person. In addition, emails also have a self-destructive option that allows users to specify when their emails will expire and become unreadable.
So far, ephemeral messages have made waves in various applications such as Snapchat, but they have the option of emails would take things to the next level.
Gmail "Confidential Mode": Self-Destructive Emails
TechCrunch received several screenshots of his Tipster showing how Gmail's self-destructive emails work. When selecting a new email, users would be given the option to author it in "private mode".
Enabling this option automatically sets several restrictions on the email in question, allowing the recipient to restrict the information. For example, the recipient may not download the content, forward, print or copy and paste the email.
Users can also choose when their emails should destroy themselves, such as a week, a month, several years, or other such options. For an additional level of security, senders could also ask the email recipient to enter a passcode sent in an SMS to confirm their identity before they can access the contents of the email.
This should significantly increase the security of Gmail and promote broader enterprise-level use with high confidentiality requirements. However, it seems that the new feature is just starting to test, because the "more information" option does not lead to a page with more details about this option.
Receiving Confidential Gmail Emails
While this whole process might sound a bit complicated, the recipient through Hoops can access an email, it is not quite so. The recipient would simply get a link to the sensitive content and would need to sign in to his Gmail account again for access.
Although forwarding, copy-pasting, printing and downloading options were disabled, the recipient – in this case TechCrunch's Tipster – could still take screenshots of the whole thing.
Once the email expires based on the sender's deadline, the content will become unreadable and the link will no longer work. Because the recipient must sign in to their Gmail account, the feature may not work with other email clients.
The redesigned version of Gmail is expected to be available in just a few weeks – emails will be available at the same time or later.
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