Gmail messages can now self-destruct

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dmail Makes Your Gmail Messages Self-Destruct.

With Google’s Gmail unsend option only available for a maximum of 30 seconds, it becomes a little tricky to recall or delete an unwanted email that you may have sent by mistake via the Gmail service. Or maybe you’ve worried about sending confidential information over email – especially after seeing the damage a large-scale email hack can cause, like the one that hit Sony Pictures last year? What if that highly confidential email is sent to a wrong person or the information which was not supposed to be shared or forwarded to anyone but reaches to somebody else? A new “self-destructing” email service called Dmail aims to eliminate these concerns with the introduction of tool that allows you to better control the messages that are sent over Gmail.

The Dmail Google Chrome web browser extension provides you with a wealth of options including the ability to self-destruct the email after you have sent it, with settings to destroy it in an hour, day, week or never. With Dmail, you can revoke access to any email at any time, and, in a release arriving soon, you’ll be able to stop recipients from forwarding your message to others, too. Google’s apps and services are enhanced by a huge community of third-party developers who independently create apps and extensions that help add functionality to Google’s products. A longtime web staple, Delicious was sold by its former owners, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, to the tech investment and advisory firm Science, Inc., run by former MySpace President Mike Jones.

After installing the Google chrome extension, your new compose mail will have a new option above the send button as Dmail with On/Off toggle switch and towards right will be the option of destroying the mail within an hour/a day/a week/never . when the Dmail is on, you can specify your preferred destroy option. Along with Delicious, Science invests a number of growing startups, like FameBit and Hello Society, through its Science Media Group arm, and incubates and invests in others like DogVacay, HomeHero, Dollar Shave Club and more.

I took it for a quick spin to see what it’s like, and I have to say, it’s an incredibly convenient way to make all your outgoing communication more secure. To view this message, simply click the button below.” Dmail is a simple way to send – and more importantly unsend – secure emails directly from your Gmail. For example, Microsoft Outlook users at a company that uses Exchange Server can recall emails, but it doesn’t work with addresses outside the organization. Meanwhile, Gmail’s own “un-send” feature – which recently graduated from Gmail Labs – lets you cancel a sent email by configuring the number of seconds after hitting “Send” that you can click on an “Undo Send” link to bring your message back to drafts.

What’s clever about Dmail is that, unlike some other secure messaging products, recipients don’t have to use the service themselves in order for it to work. You can choose to have the email self-destruct within an hour, a day or a week or choose ‘never’ if you don’t want to set a pre-determined time frame. The product, which was built by a seven-person subset of Delicious’s team, has been in development for a good part of the year, and has been in private testing, first internally with Delicious and then with Delicious users, over the past few months. Because the email shows up in their inbox as being from you, they can just reply to it as normal and it’ll show as part of any email conversation thread the two of you have going.

Clicking on the ‘view message’ link just leads them here: The service uses 256-bit encryption and the only people able to read any messages are the sender and the recipient. The company has plans to make it a freemium service, with enterprises and business paying for extra features while regulars like us get it as it is for free.

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