Gmail’s new update design includes exciting features that have previously been available on corporate emails like ProtonMail and Signal. However, it is necessary to know that Google’s revamp on Gmail has helped to improve privacy and also offers the sender a greater control over the email that has been sent. Furthermore, one of the most essential features that Google has added to Gmail is the ‘Confidential Mode’.
The ‘confidential mode’ aims to boost privacy, but it has received lots of critics from most experts around the world today, I would explain in the later part of this article. But firstly, I would love to expatiate on the tasks that you can perform using the ‘confidential mode’ – that is – how to use it to send ‘self-destructing’ emails. This implies that you can be able to send emails with an expiring date.
Gmail’s new interface is readily an exciting one and user-friendly. However, it is necessary to also note that this new interface on Gmail is only available on a PC browser and not on other platforms like Android and IOS application.
The ‘confidential mode’ helps you protect private messages by setting a passcode. The ‘confidential mode’ does not permit forwarding of the emails, but it allows the sender or the owner of the email to set an expiring date after which it automatically gets deleted.
Moreover, the receiver of a ‘confidential email’ does not have the option of downloading, copying/pasting, forwarding, or printing a physical copy of the email. But recipients have the ability to take screenshots of the email contents.
Normally, Gmail users are logged in to the “classic Gmail View.” So, to use the ‘confidential mode’ with other new exciting features available presently, all you need to do is to click on the ‘Settings’ icon. You will find this icon right below your display picture on Gmail.
Then you need to click on “Try New Gmail”.
Clicking on “Try New Gmail” will reload the interface, but it might take some time to bring up the new interface. If you are not comfortable using the new interface, you can go back to the classic interface using the same procedure.
Right after you opt for the new Gmail interface on your PC browser, you should take the following steps:
The ‘confidential mode’ feature enabled by Google initially received a lot of criticism from the experts. People feared misuse of this feature by stalkers or hackers as they could fearlessly send distressing messages that will delete automatically. This implies that these lurkers can feel unthreatened since the emails sent will be removed themselves leaving no trace behind.
Luckily, the subject and sender details do not delete automatically in ‘confidential mode‘. You will have these traces unless you deliberately delete them after the contents of an email expire.
Presently, if you need to get some vital evidence against a lurker, you just have to save the sender’s details and the email content as screenshots.
Additionally, you also have the option of blocking a sender on Gmail. You can also report a user to Google to take any disciplinary action against the sender.
On the whole, the use of ‘confidential mode’ feature on Gmail enables privacy. It seems to work well when you want an email disclosed. It also prevents the recipient from viewing the content after the stated time. Cool work, Google!