New Gmail Design Brings Confidential Mode Feature

Gmail's new confidential mode
The new Gmail confidential mode
(Credit: The Verge) Gmail’s confidential mode feature

Gmail’s confidential mode will prevent recipients from printing, copying or forwarding emails.

It seems that Google did actually “hit send” too early and now more information are surfacing about the Gmail revamp. The latest update includes a confidential mode feature that will be available for Gmail users.

The confidential mode adds an extra layer of security to messages that senders wish to remain private according to a report by The Verge. When a user enables the mode on an email, the recipient will not be able to forward, print or copy any of the contents.

Senders will also have the added option to lock an email message with a password. An SMS can generate the passcode that can unlock the message. The new mode will also allow users to set an expiration time for a sent email.

Although all these will eventually help restrict the distribution of data, it will not help prevent users from taking photos or screenshots of the email.

All these leaks come weeks before Google’s annual developer conference scheduled on May 8th. It is likely that Gmail’s new features, along with other updates, are all going to be announced at the conference.