Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Google's working on self-destructing emails in Gmail

Google's working on self-destructing emails in Gmail

Gmail is heading for a re-design both through its appearance and software with one of the new updates being a "self-destructing" email, according to reports. Smart replies were previously available through the Gmail app on iOS and Android. It's called confidential mode and it'll allow people to send missives which can't be forwarded, copied, or downloaded. This will be especially useful for sending confidential emails or emails that you feel should be read and deleted for privacy purposes.

To create a confidential email, click compose and an icon on the bottom row of the new email you'll see a lock and clock icon click on that and edit how long you would like the email to last.

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Users can also set expiration date for sent emails and also introduce a passcode option where users can passcode protect their emails from prying eyes, where even if you have your email open on your computer, some emails will remain protected. Notably, it looks like recipients of the confidential email will have to log into their Google accounts once again to read the email. Of course this doesn't prevent users from taking screenshots or taking a photo of your email, but we suppose it will have to do for now.

Google will offer Gmail users the ability to try the redesign through an early access program in the coming weeks, the memo said.

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