Google releases ‘Confidential Mode’ for Gmail on Android


Earlier this year, Google introduced redesigned Gmail with lots of new features including Confidential Mode. While it's been live on the desktop for Gmail, it's not been active in the Android app...until now. This means that you don't even have to update your Gmail app to receive the feature, as it is being pushed from the server side by Google.

According to Google's support website, confidential emails have a sender-defined expiration date (from one day to five years), but access to the email can also be revoked at any time.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a privacy advocate, says the new email feature isn't quite as secure as it might seem. When this is enabled, the recipient will get a text message containing the passcode, and they have to enter it to unlock the email. Hence, you can easily send emails and projects as an attachment. You don't need to update the app, just have a look in the menu. Without it, they can't open the email. Lastly, users using Gmail with a work or school account will need to contact their administrator in order to use confidential mode. Tap the three dots on the right top corner to choose "Confidential Mode". With it, the mailers have the liberty to restrict the availability time of content to the recipient, and even require them to submit a SMS passcode before accessing the mail. But those who use another email service will still have to use a passcode to access the info.

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Through this mode, the emails that you send will be self destructed after sometime. It is worth noting that, the confidential message's recipients will have the options to forward, copy, and print it, along with download disabled. At first, you can cancel the outgoing message before it's actually sent.

- Click Remove access. he refundable deposit amount is Rs 8198. In a recent review, EFF points out that the message isn't encrypted from end-to-end, so Google could read the contents.