Send confidential emails that self destruct with Gmail on mobile

Google has delivered its latest email feature by adding a confidential mode for Gmail, which as the name suggests allows users to send and receive "confidential" emails. Gmail's Confidential Mode not only lets you send self-destructing emails but also bars the recipients from forwarding, copying/pasting or downloading the email contents.

The client received a huge update back in April that radically redesigned Gmail and introduced a new and helpful sidebar. Then you need to tap Compose, hit the More menu button, and select Confidential Mode. Along with the control options, users can decide whether they will require recipients to obtain an SMS passcode before they can access the email message.

But now the feature has made its way to mobile with both Android and iOS apps receiving an update. Tap on the three dots appearing on the right top corner and choose "Confidential Mode". Only the recipient with the authentic passcode will be able to access the contents of the sent email. You can always change your mind and remove or alter the confidential settings before sending the email.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) digital privacy advocacy group thinks that this new mode isn't secure at all, and might even lend users a false sense of security. With apps like BHIM, when you enter the payments mode and take a screenshot, it either gives an error that you can't take screenshots, or on some phones it captures complete black photos. Confidential mode is rolling out to mobile devices today, so be sure to keep an eye out for it.

Open the mail sent via Confidential mode, scroll down to the bottom of the screen.

In case you want to stop the recipient from opening the email before the expiration date, here's what you need to do.

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