Gmail new feature: Self-destructing messages

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Google has revealed this week big updates for its email service, with a fresh design for its Gmail service for desktop and mobile users.

The Gmail web app is visually receiving a cleaner new look, with new features catching most people’s attention like the ability to take actions on emails right from the inbox itself and much more.

But the most notable new feature is the confidential mode. Just like Snapchat, messages are self-destructing (well, if you choose them to be). This can be useful for emails containing sensitive information as the sender can set an expiration date for the message and the receivers will be unable to forward, copy and paste or download the content.

“With confidential mode, it’s possible to protect sensitive content in your emails by creating expiration dates or revoking previously sent messages,” wrote David Thacker, VP of product management. “Because you can require additional authentication via text message to view an email, it’s also possible to protect data even if a recipient’s email account has been hijacked while the message is active.”

What a relief! Now you won’t stress over that incriminating email.

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