Gmail for Android introduced confidential mode. Why is it needed and how to use it?

Back in the last year of 2018 (or, to be more precise, April 25), Google announced that all users will be able to use their Gmail email service in privacy mode “very soon.” And most people have already gained access to this feature, especially since the full version of the option was released at the end of June this year.

The new mode of operation includes a redesigned interface, as well as some changes in the operation of Google Drive and other Google services. But the main chip, of course, will be providing increased security when sending and receiving e-mail. Google has implemented built-in Information Rights Management (IRM) technology, which removes the ability to forward, copy, download, or print messages to protect personal emails sent from your inbox. If you want to start using this new feature, now we will tell you how to do it.

How to use privacy mode in Gmail

This mode works both in the Gmail application and in the desktop version. The installation process is quite simple and does not require much time to activate.

  • To get started, select the option to create a new message. In the application, click on the menu icon with three dots in the upper right corner.
  • Using the desktop version, you will see the confidential mode icon at the bottom of the message. If you are in the application, click on the “confidential mode” item in the menu to proceed to the settings.
  • After that, select the protection mode. Confidential mode offers two ways to do this: using the standard method in which Gmail will send the access code to the recipient, or through the SMS code that will be sent to the recipient’s phone.
  • After saving the settings, you will return to the draft of your letter.
  • An important point: if you chose to work using the SMS code in the access settings, you will also need to indicate the phone number to which a confirmation message should come.
  • After that, you can safely send a letter and you can be sure that nothing terrible will happen to him without your knowledge.

Google has provided additional protection for emails sent in this way. They cannot be downloaded, copied, printed, or redirected to other recipients. Of course, it remains possible to take a screenshot, but in the future the authenticity of such a letter will be impossible to prove.