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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Gmail For Mobile Gets Confidential Mode but That’s Not Enough

If you use Gmail’s mobile app on your cell phone or tablet, you may soon notice changes that will be of interest to anyone interested in personal privacy. It lets users put a self-destruct mechanism to conversations to “protect sensitive information from unauthorized access.”

With Confidential Mode, users can set an expiration date to all emails, similar to a Snapchat message, and they can also revoke access to a confidential email at any time. The recipient can’t copy, forward, print, or download an email that’s marked as confidential, although there’s no preventing them from taking screenshots.

You can read more in an article by Carl Velasco in the Tech Times web site at:

However, as Carl Velasco points out in the article, these new features probably will not mean much to most users who are concerned with their email privacy. While the new features may sound enticing, the fact is that all messages created by Gmail are still sent in plain text and can be easily intercepted by hackers, credit card thieves, government agencies of all governments, and other spies. There is no encryption in Gmail to keep your messages from being read by these undesirables.

Anyone who is seriously interested in email privacy isn’t using Gmail. Instead, there are a number of online services that offer secure, encrypted email capabilities that cannot be intercepted and read by anyone other than the recipient(s). Such services include TutaNota, Proton Mail, StartMail, HushMail, and others. See my earlier article at for more information about encrypted and secure email services.

Categories: Email Security, Encryption

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