Gmail for Android adds confidential mode

Confidential Mode
Gmail Brings Confidential Emails to Mobile
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21 August, 2018

In a tweet Google said: "Confidential mode is now available on mobile devices and can help you protect sensitive information from unauthorised access".

Gmail on your Android smartphone gets more professional. Tap on that and you'll be given options to set a passcode for the email, an expiration date, and more.

One of the biggest features Google added in the Gmail redesign is finally making its way to the service's mobile clients on iOS and Android.

With Confidential Mode, users can set an expiration date to all emails, similar to a Snapchat message, and they can also revoke access to a confidential email at any time. You don't need to update the app, just have a look in the menu. If the recipient is a non-gmail user, then they will get a passcode to their email for authentication. In short, it enables users to set a time limit within which an email and any attachments to it much be handled by the message's recipient before it effectively self-destructs. Users using Gmail with a work or school account will need to contact their administrator in order to use confidential mode.

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Once this feature is live for you, you will find it by clicking on the 3-dot settings button in the top right corner of the Compose UI. Earlier confidential mail could only be sent by using Gmail on the Web. At first, you can cancel the outgoing message before it's actually sent.

While confidential mode could help prevent information leaks, Google notes a few caveats. That means that Google now has another bit of personal data - an email connected to a phone number. The Confidential Mode sends out self-destructing emails and also restricts the recipients from forwarding, copying/pasting or downloading the email contents. Tapping on this option will now say that content is expired, and the recipient will see the same. Ensure you enter the recipients phone number not of your own.

On the bottom of the screen, tap Remove access.


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