Gmail's new 'Confidential Mode' locks down sensitive messages

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Screenshots shared with The Verge show a "Confidential Mode" which will control things like email expiry and limit what recipients of messages can do with them. They might criticize people you'd never criticize to their face.

Under this "Confidential Mode", users will reportedly need a passcode to open emails, which will be generated via SMS, similar to that of Microsoft's Outlook application.

Some interesting new features are coming to Gmail.

"You can configure the expiration date so that your email disappears after 1 week, 1 month, multiple years, etc.", Tech Crunch writes.

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Google is also providing new layouts to the users, though details of it are limited. That's right, Google is taking a page out of the "Mission Impossible" playbook with this feature, which should be helpful when sending sensitive or confidential information over email that could potentially end up in the wrong hands. "Confidential Mode" will, for starters, prevent recipients from sharing the email's content.

Google has confirmed that the launch is near, but they haven't released specifics at this time. Many people do have a Gmail account at this point in time, but for emails between business, for example, the new Gmail design may not mesh well with existing infrastructure. This might not be a problem in practical terms, considering the fact that the message will still be unreadable, but it's a little different than deleting an old email completely.

Android Authority, in an exclusive look at the Gmail redesign, reports that the update will bring Gmail up to date with Google's current design standards. Other features said to be on the cusp of debuting include a "snooze" option that lets users temporarily send emails back out of their inbox until they're ready to deal with them, as well as a "smart reply" feature for the web version of Gmail that automatically suggests boilerplate email responses; this option is already available for mobile.

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