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Confidential Mode comes to Gmail Android app

19 August, 2018, 15:25 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
  • Gmail Brings Confidential Emails to Mobile

Android and iOS users are now able to use the new Gmail Confidential Mode.

Over on its support pages, Google explains exactly what Confidential Mode is and what you can do with it: "You can send messages and attachments with Gmail's confidential mode to help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access".

The client received a huge update back in April that radically redesigned Gmail and introduced a new and helpful sidebar.

In addition, Confidential Mode will let you set a password for viewing documents, that way only those with the password can view them. Tap on that and you'll be given options to set a passcode for the email, an expiration date, and more.

The new feature is already available without the need to update the app. Gmail did not respond to inquiries when the mode will arrive to iOS devices, but it should hit Apple devices.

Tap on the three-dot-menu in the top right corner and then tap on Confidential mode.

So, there you have it: now you can do a little more to secure your emails when you use Gmail. If you choose " No SMS passcode", those using the Gmail app will be able to open your message/attachment directly, while those who don't have a Gmail account will get emailed a passcode.

With the new add-on installed, users can add a file to an email message by directly linking to a folder or a file stored in Dropbox. The feature launched on desktop earlier this year, and it allows senders to restrict things like forwarding, copying, and downloading the emails they send. Once you click it, you'll see the various settings you can enable. Ensure you enter the recipients phone number not of your own. Confidential mode is not encrypted end-to-end, so Google could in fact read your messages in transit.

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

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