Gmail’s Confidential Mode: 4 Interesting Things You Should Know

Security is becoming one of the major concern today and for the same reason Google keeps on trying new features. Google has recently introduced a confidential mode in Gmail through which you can send more secure emails and attachments. Let’s see what some of the important things we should know about this feature.


Gmail Confidential Mode Important Points


Gmail’s Confidential Mode: 4 Interesting Things You Should Know


1. Set Expiration Date

With Gmail’s confidential mode, you can set an expiration date for your email messages and can also revoke the access at any time.


Gmail Confidential mode setting


The expiration date can be set to 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and 5 years. There is no option to set a custom expiration date till now.

The email sent with confidential mode are only available till the expiration date.


2. Forward, Print, Copy and Download options are disabled

Email sent using Confidential mode cannot be downloaded, forwarded, printed or copied. There is no forward button on such emails and even if you try to print it, will show you a message that the email has been sent using confidential mode.


Confidential mode Cannot Print Forward


But, as workaround people can take a screenshot of the email.


3. Security using SMS Passcode

If email is sent using the “Require Passcode” option, the sender will have to provide the mobile number of the recipient and then they will have to give the passcode received on their phones. All the passcodes are generated by Gmail internal mechanism.


Confidential Mode - Passcode


I think this is a more secure way of securing your email messages and attachments.


4. Revoke access anytime

Access of confidential email can be revoked anytime. Suppose by mistake you have given an expiration date as 5 years from now, so you can immediately revoke the access of that email.


Confidential Mode - Remove Access


Just visit the “Sent” box and click on ‘Remove access‘. Now if a receiver will try to open the email, he will see the message that email has expired.

So, these were some of the interesting things which you should know about Gmail’s Confidential mode.

I hope you must be delighted with this interesting feature which Google has introduced. Do let me know what you think about this particular feature and if you would like to see any other option added to it. I think it should have a custom expiration date feature.

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