Gmail may have self-destructing "confidential" emails soon

Gmail may have self-destructing

Google is also working to enhance confidentiality in Gmail by allowing users to set a pin for their emails. By the time this feature is rolled out to all users, the exact mechanics of the feature may work differently than described-the utility of an un-downloadable attachment, as the above text implies, is somewhat limited.

Google is revamping the web version of its popular email service, Gmail. Snooze and Smart Reply are both currently part of Google's Inbox app for Gmail, and both features are now making their way to Gmail on the web. Businesses and enterprises who are relying on Gmail will find this feature more than useful, and it's probably aimed at such an audience anyway. But on top of the new Calendar integration and inbox features, Google is reported to be testing a new feature: self-destructing emails.

There's now no word on a final release date for the new Gmail, however, a message to early access testers hints at a launch date in the coming weeks.

The updated Gmail on desktop is also set to include two of the best features that are now available in Inbox by Gmail - Google's other email app.

So far, the only potential answer is a link with the message, "This message was sent with Gmail's confidential mode" the sent email reads. Once you click it, you can configure when you want the email to disappear.

Smart Reply - Smart Reply suggests three responses you might send based on the content of an email you received. You are then given the option to choose an expiration date for the message. Smart replies offer suggestions for quick one-line replies within emails.

I guess time will tell on that one. It will give you the option to put a time limit onto an email that you send and after it expires, it will be rendered unreadable.

The default inbox view also has new icons that differentiate the types of attachments accompanying emails, as well as list file names, though the compact view returns the icon to the traditional paperclip and hides file names.

Unfortunately, for all the precautions included in Gmail's new Confidential Mode, it is impossible to prevent users from taking a screenshot of the contents of an email.