Weeks after revealing their grand redesign to Gmail, Google have finally launched in July. It became a default for every user starting in August. While most of the update are on the esthetics side there is one new key feature that you should know about - Confidential Mode.
This new feature offers the user with the ability to send confidential emails, Recipients of these emails won't be able to copy, paste, download, print or forward the message, and attachments will be disabled. Once you've activated confidential mode,Gmail will ask you to choose an expiration date, and whether an SMS code be used for verification or not.
Confidential mode is now available on mobile devices and can help you protect sensitive information from unauthorized access. Learn more about this feature → https://t.co/lmQNElH6C1 pic.twitter.com/Nxtx2yU0pG
— Gmail (@gmail) August 16, 2018
However, the new mode does not stop anyone from taking a screenshot of your message, As Google notes, "Although confidential mode helps prevent the recipients from accidentally sharing your email, it doesn't prevent recipients from taking screenshots or photos of your messages or attachments. Recipients who have malicious programs on their computer may still be able to copy or download your messages or attachments. This feature isn't available for G Suite customers at this time."
Not everyone is confident in the new mode ability to keep your data private. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) digital privacy advocacy group said that this new mode isn't secure at all, and might even lend users a false sense of security.The thing is that Confidential mode is not encrypted end-to-end (like Whatsapp), so Google could read your messages in transit. In addition, the EFF points out that expiring messages do not, in fact, disappear from your Sent mail, which means they are retrievable.
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