Google launched its Gmail Confidential mode in 2018. This setting allows users with personal accounts to send messages that may expire and prevents recipients from copying, forwarding, or downloading their content.
It's back on the news as G Suite users using Gmail at work will be able to use Confidential mode from June 25th. This feature will turn on automatically. Managers have the option to turn it off if they want. This means you can use this feature if your company uses Gmail. This is especially useful for business people who need to send confidential documents.
In Your Browser
- Post a New Message
- Find the icon of a locked clock to the right of the Submit button (it may be hard to find) icons, but look Continue) and tap on it.
- A pop-up window appears, allowing you to set the parameters for how long recipients should access your message before it expires.
- If You Want As an additional level of security, you can also specify that recipients must enter a passcode that is sent to their phone numbers via SMS.
- A notification that the message is being sent in private mode appears at the bottom of the message.
On mobile devices
These steps are pretty much the same, but some of the items are in different places than in your browser. The process is the same for iOS and Android versions of Gmail.
- Post a message
- Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the app, and then tap "Confidential Mode"
- You can specify how long the message should be visible to recipients and whether they pass through a password is protected This specifies how long the message will be before the expiry date.
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