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

Now a report in TechCrunch suggests that Gmail could soon allow users to send expiring mails, similar to what ProtonMail offers.

According to a new report from The Verge, Google will also be introducing a new "Confidential Mode", which lets users stop recipients from forwarding certain emails. This will be especially useful for sending confidential emails or emails that you feel should be read and deleted for privacy purposes.

Google is all set to roll out an updated Gmail and the tech giant has already begun notifying some of the G Suite users about the same. "But it doesn't seem to be stopping Google as the company is now evolving beyond the simple POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocols", TechCrunch reported late on Friday. The self-destructing emails will allow the users to set a time for a week, month, or year or even multiple years.

So, if you send or receive messages to your Gmail inbox in "confidential mode", they will self-destruct (i.e. you can't copy, download or print them) upon the scheduled expiration date.

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While this technology may have a multitude of uses for Google's products such as improved voice detection of their smart-speakers or better voice recognition of users during Google Hangout chats, the security implications of this technology are also quite worrying. The recipient had to log into their Google account once again to view the content.

Google also notes that the update might break some popular browser add-ons for Gmail, such as Clearbit, Streak, etc. The message behind the link disappears after some time, but this doesn't mean that the intermediate email also disappears. On the other side, the confidentiality of mail content will be protected by a link, which only will be revealed after identity verification. For more details on these confidential messages and how they might work, check out TechCrunch's original coverage on the subject.

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