The Department of Homeland Security issued an intelligence note, obtained by ABC News, warning users of the “potential emerging threat … for nefarious activity” with the new Gmail redesign. Because the new feature — called “Confidential Email” — requires users to click a link in order to access confidential emails, according to the DHS alert issued May 24, Google has essentially created an opportunity where “malicious cyber actors could exploit the recent Gmail redesign.”
“We have reached out to Google to inform them of intelligence relevant to their services and to partner to improve our mutual interests in cybersecurity,” Lesley Fulop, a Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, told ABC News.
As the most awaited Gmail Update rolled out earlier this year, we saw many interesting new features in the upgraded version of Gmail. One of those features was Gmail Confidential mode. It is a feature that allows a sender to have complete control over the privacy of an email. Google has now announced that the Gmail Confidential Mode will now be available to Gmail mobile users. This includes both Android and iOS devices.
The new confidential email feature that can require users to click a link in order to access messages could trick a user into entering secure information on a fake phishing site. So be careful when you use confidential model.What is Gmail Confidential Mode?
Gmail is known for being one of the most secure email services available today. Gmail confidential mode is one such feature that provides foolproof security, privacy, and control to an email sender. A Sender can set restrictions on copying, forwarding, and downloading the emails.
This feature also allows the sender to set an expiry date after which the email will no longer be accessible for the recipient. Additionally, for emails that are more confidential, a sender can set a security lock, the code of which will be sent to the recipient over the phone. This allows the emails to stay between the sender and the recipient and even if any third-party gets access to the email, cannot read the contents of the email unless he has the security code.
Is Gmail Confidential Mode the Ultimate Security Feature?
For now, it is. No other email service has gone this far to secure the email contents. With features such as expiry dates and email security codes, a sender is sure that his email will only be read by the desired recipient. But are there any loopholes? Yes, there are.
The confidential mode cannot stop the recipient from taking the screenshots. Moreover, we never know when a virus gets strong enough to download the contents of an email; even if the download is restricted by the sender.
So, all we can send that Gmail confidential mode is the best shot a sender can take to keep his emails safe and secure. But this feature is not perfect in every way.
How to Set Up Gmail Confidential Mode on Mobile?
Activating the Gmail confidential mode is a very easy task. The process is pretty much similar in both Android and iOS devices. Here is what you have to do.
- Open your Gmail on your mobile device.
- Click on the Compose icon and write your email.
- Go to the three vertical dots icon and tap on it. From the drop-down list, select Confidential Mode.
- Choose your privacy settings such as expiry dates, restrictions on downloads, copying, and forwarding, and SMS security codes for the recipients.
- When you are done with these settings, you can tap on the Send icon to send the email to the desired recipient.
Some Useful Tips and Tricks for Using Gmail Confidential Mode
- If you have set an expiration date but feel like you should restrict the access before the date, you can do it. To remove the access to the email, go to the sent emails and click on the email that you want to restrict. You will see an option to Remove Access at the bottom of the email body; click on that.
- If you send an email in the confidential mode, the attachments going along with that email will also be restricted. This means that the restrictions you have set for the email would be applied to the attachments as well. For example, if you attached some pictures with the email, and set the download restrictions, the recipient won’t be able to download those pictures.
Gmail confidential mode is a useful feature that gives Gmail users an extra security feature to secure their sensitive data. This feature was first introduced in the desktop version and is now available in the mobile applications as well. A user can easily activate this feature by composing an email; then going to email settings to activate the confidential mode.