- May 9, 2018
- Manchester U.K
Confidential Mode, part of the new Gmail interface, works because it doesn’t technically use standard email protocols to deliver the message. Confidential messages are hosted on Google’s servers, instead. This has its downsides—recipients who aren’t viewing the email in Gmail have to click a link to open messages in a browser, for example. Still, it’s a decent attempt at making email secure, and it’s pretty seamless when all parties are using Gmail. Here’s how it works.
Sending Confidential Emails
Google is rolling Confidential Messages out as we write this. Make sure you’re using the new Gmail and it should show up eventually. When it rolls out to you, you’ll see a new “Turn Confidential Mode On/Off” button in the toolbar at the bottom of a compose message window.
Click it and Gmail asks when you’d like the email to expire, and whether you’d like to enable SMS verification.
You just write your email, as usual. A badge lets you know you’re in Confidential Mode.