Sunday, 15 July, 2018

Gmail may have self-destructing "confidential" emails soon

Gmail accounts could be about to get a lot more private thanks to new Confidential Mode for email GOOGLE • GETTY • EXPRESS NEWSPAPERSGmail accounts could be about to get a lot more private thanks to new Confidential Mode for email
Sherri Watson | 17 April, 2018, 06:34

The other feature Google looks set to bring over of Inbox is the snooze option, which can temporarily hide an email from your Inbox until the time you are ready to deal with it.

While Google is set to update the look of Gmail, few details of exactly what the tech giant has in store for its ever popular email service remains unclear.

One of those features is the excellent Smart Reply which uses AI to offer up a choice of three automatic response to an email. This feature is already available for people who use the Inbox by Gmail app or Boomerang, a third-party Gmail tool.

"The features are very similar to some found in Microsoft's full Outlook application and Microsoft is also adding the ability to restrict emails on its Outlook.com service", the report added.

The Verge claims that the new Gmail design is being worked on internally at Google, along with a small group of outsiders/testers. Gmail for web will also allow easy access to G Suite apps such as Google Calendar from within Gmail. This "confidential mode" should prevent people from forwarding, printing or downloading the email and may also allow senders to require recipients to verify their identity with a personal identification number.

Google is implementing smart replies for Gmail on the web, the same feature from mobile Gmail that provides suggestions to quickly reply to emails. "You can open it by clicking this link". Snooze can be a godsend if you get a lot of emails, receive one when you don't have time to answer, and forget about it when the incoming flood pushes it off your screen.

The default inbox view also has new icons that differentiate the types of attachments accompanying emails, as well as list file names, though the compact view returns the icon to the traditional paperclip and hides file names. The report says that Gmail will also be getting the ability to self-destruct an email. Sending an expiring email will ensure that only the intended recipient can view the message - and only for a set period of time.

Unfortunately, for all the precautions included in Gmail's new Confidential Mode, it is impossible to prevent users from taking a screenshot of the contents of an email.