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Gmail testing sending confidential emails that expire automatically

Google’s gmail is one of the most popular email services worldwide. It has been acclaimed for its simplicity, robust feature set and usability. The user has a web client as well as apps for android and iOS. The android and iOS clients both use Material design, but the web client interface hasn’t been updated for years.

The new update for the web version of Gmail, along with several new features including smart reply from the web client, the ability to snooze emails and offline support.

The ability to send confidential emails that expire. The publication’s report notes that email services have to be compatible with multiple email providers and email clients. That doesn’t seem to stop Google, as the company is now going beyond the POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocols.

The expiring email feature works similar to the expiring emails feature in ProtonMail as the email becomes unreadable after sometime. In the compose video of Gmail, there is a small icon named “Confidential Mode” which States that the email recipient won’t be able to forward email content, copy and paste download or print the email.

Users can configure the expiration date to have their emails disappear after 1 week, 1 month, multiple years. They can also ask the email recipient to confirm their identity with a passcode sent via text messages.

As of now, it’s unknown whether the feature is going to be compatible with non-gmail users. This is because Google is currently asking their users to confirm their Google account to view the confidential email.

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An engineering graduate, Anish turned to writing after a couple of years of experience in core technology field. At The iBulletin, Anish covers latest updates related to trending apps & games on the app store.