Upcoming Gmail redesign will also herald the arrival of self-destructing emails

Upcoming Gmail redesign will also herald the arrival of self-destructing emails

Among the many features that were spotted earlier this week, TechCrunch reports that a Confidential Mode will also be introduced which will allow users to choose whether they want the recipient to be able to forward the email content, restrict them from copy and pasting, downloading or printing them, and even choose if they want the email to self-destruct. An exact launch date for the feature and whether it will be available for non-Gmail users is unclear at this point. This will be especially useful for sending confidential emails or emails that you feel should be read and deleted for privacy purposes. New design and features will be added in this update along with the ability to reply fast to emails, to snooze emails until later, and a new sidebar to place calendar appointments side by side with messages.

The password-protecting of email is something that will be welcomed by many users, and it is going to be implemented through the use of a code sent out via SMS.

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How do you control when recipients' emails self-destruct?

The recipient will not be able to take a print out of this email or can not copy/paste the content as well. When someone receives an email sent with Confidential Mode, it will contain an embedded link that will allow them to view the secure content. Also, there might be other tools available in the market using which a user can record the email that they have received.

TechCrunch also pointed out that when a ProtonMail user sends an expiring message to another ProtonMail user, the email looks like a regular email in the box. However, when it expires the email will disappear from the inbox.

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The new feature will likely be announced alongside Gmail's redesign for the web, which is expected to take place during Google's upcoming I/O developers conference starting May 8. Google has not mentioned end-to-end encryption anywhere, which means the company is most likely to stick with non-encrypted emails. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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