Gmail confidential mode on mobile: How - and why - you should use it

Gmail Brings Confidential Emails to Mobile

After being available to desktop users for weeks, Gmail's Confidential Mode is now rolling out to Android and iOS users. This will allow users to send emails and attachments with confidential information therein, coupled with expiration dates as well as the ability to revoke access to the content whenever they want. If you're using Gmail with a work or school account, contact your admin to make sure you can use confidential mode. Senders can also set emails to expire after a certain amount of time, and, in cases where extra security is necessary, lock a message with an SMS code.

Now you can set the passcode and only when the recipient enters the code that he recieves in an SMS on their phone can they open and check the email. Recipients can confirm their identities with a passcode via text message.

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If you think you need to update the app for this new tool, then don't worry. There, you'll find an option for configuring the Confidential Mode. For other Gmail users, these emails appear in Gmail like other messages. The service has improvised over years and various new feature have been added to Gmail.

As every feature has its own share of pros and cons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a well-respected organization in the field of digital user privacy, believes that this new mode isn't secure at all. All passcodes will be generated by Google while non-Gmail recipients will get an email passcode to authenticate. After enabling the feature, you can then choose the settings you would like to use. If you have the update app, open it and tap on Compose icon on the bottom right. Though, the Gmail app hasn't received any new tools yet. Simply begin forming an email, and tap on the overflow menu to see new option called Confidential Mode. Earlier confidential mail could only be sent by using Gmail on the Web.

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