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.
WikiLeaks have announced that they will once again begin publishing about 5 million e-mails dubbed as confidential gotten from a security think tank.
Strafor, a US based security analysis firm for the US Army, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, is the one being targeted by WikiLeaks in their expose. According to a report, the latter were able to retrieve emails dating from July 2004 to December 2011.
According to the document sharing site, “The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Reuters, “here we have a private intelligence firm, relying on informants for the US government, foreign intelligence agencies with questionable reputations, and journalists. What is of grave concern is that the targets of this scrutiny are, among others, activist organizations fighting for a just cause.”
George Friedman, Strafor founder, that the attacks were “designed to silence us by destroying our records and the Web site. God knows what a hundred employees writing endless emails might say that is embarrassing, stupid or subject to misinterpretation.”
Assange and his company have been on the hot seat after they posted a classified document online from military and diplomatic sources.