Mails can now be set to self-destruct via a new extension for Gmail. Google has just launched an application that could provide an entire new level of security to email communications.
Online mail has always been a prime target for hackers and other cybercriminals. Most of us have probably sent sensitive information via mail in the past that we hoped the recipient would delete after reading. But the more probable answer is that it still lies buried under hundreds of other messages.
That off course until somebody hacks the account and uses the data to empty our bank accounts. Fortunately, a new extension available on the Chrome Web Store may give us more control than ever over our emails.
The name of the app is Dmail and it is available to all Gmail users. After it is installed, a new option will appear whenever you prepare to send a new email. It has to be turned on and the different options for setting the time when the mail will be destroyed will become available.
If any of these options are selected and the required time has passed, the recipient will only be able to see a notice in the inbox that the mail was destroyed. Emails can also be retracted any time after they have been sent, even if no time period has been specified.
This would allow for increased security in emails that contain important information. It could also be used to delete a mail that you sent by mistake or if you simply do not want the recipient to any longer read it.
Though the extension is only available to Gmail users it can be used to retract mails that are sent to recipients who use different systems such as Hotmail. However, a few users have reported that the self-destruct feature is not working properly. Google has not issued a statement on the matter or an update to fix the reported issue.
Regardless, Dmail seems to be a very powerful tool that will greatly increase people’s confidence in sending important data via email. The basic extension is available for free, but some of its features are locked behind a paywall.
Google has always provided strict security features for its webmail system, such as automatically locking down accounts that present suspicious activity and requiring a double-authentication method.
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