Gmail's new confidentiality features improve email security

Gmail accounts could be about to get a lot more private thanks to new Confidential Mode for email

Gmail accounts could be about to get a lot more private thanks to new Confidential Mode for email

This should allow users to place more trust in email, and send confidential information they might have previously avoided sending via Gmail.

For those of us who can't deal with the onslaught of messages in our inbox but really need to keep in mind to reply to a certain message, Google will be offering some help in the form of a snooze button. Businesses and enterprises who are relying on Gmail will find this feature more than useful, and it's probably aimed at such an audience anyway. However, it's not just the design that will be new as it looks like the service will get new features as well. Gmail for web hasn't received a major overhaul in years so these new features should be interesting to see.

The updated Gmail on desktop is also set to include two of the best features that are now available in Inbox by Gmail - Google's other email app.

Snapchat became famous for letting users send graphic photos which automatically self-destruct after a set period of time. The icon called as "confidential mode" suggests that the recipient won't be able to share the content inside the email with someone else as he/she won't be able to copy the content, download or print it. "You can open it by clicking this link". Smart replies offer suggestions for quick one-line replies within emails. 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.


Snooze an email - You tag an email with a time stamp and it disappears from your inbox and reappears at the time you've chosen. According to TechCrunch, which first broke this story, users can also request that the recipient "confirm their identity with a passcode sent via text message".

Confidential email - Google is implementing a feature that lets the sender limit what the recipient can do with an email.

The new design will feature three layout options: default, comfort, and compact. Notably, it looks like recipients of the confidential email will have to log into their Google accounts once again to read the email.

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