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Gmail redesign could feature self-destructing emails

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| 15 April, 2018, 01:21

Gmail will reportedly offer a feature that will allow users to set a self-destruction time when the message they send will no longer be viewable by the recipient, according to TechCrunch.

As of now, there is no information about this feature being available to non-Gmail users.

The expiring emails feature works similarly to the expiring emails feature in ProtonMail as the email becomes unreadable after some time. This improved design includes the addition of features that are already available in the Gmail Inbox app, such as "snooze" (which lets you temporarily hold off certain emails until you're ready to read them) and "smart reply" (which prompts you to answer messages quickly), according to The Verge.

Credit: The VergeThe tool, denoted with a lock icon in leaked images obtained by TechCrunch, will allow you to set a date for when the email will self-destruct.


The Washington Post reported Thursday on rumors about Google's Gmail revamp, and TechCrunch and the Verge got their hands on supposed screenshots of the updated design and new features. When someone receives an email sent with Confidential Mode, it will contain an embedded link that will allow them to view the secure content. The recipient had to log into their Google account once again to view the content.

The upcoming, redesigned Gmail looks like it will have several new features to protect the privacy of your emails. However, since recipients are still able to screenshot a message, it's not a guarantee of privacy.

Walking on the line of other applications like Snapchat, Line and Signal, Gmail is also devising a feature which will let users draft self-destructing emails. When it expires, it is automatically deleted from the inbox and the sender's inbox. The message behind the link disappears after some time, but this doesn't mean that the intermediate email also disappears. It is unclear if the "confidential" expiring mails will be end-to-end encrypted. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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