Gmail’s New Security Features: Delete sent email from recipient’s email box

Not only can yousmall google now revoke an email sent to a Gmail recipient but also to non-Gmail accounts (Heather Kelly, CNN Tech, Meet the new Gmail, now with disappearing messages, April 25th, 2018 https://money.cnn.com/2018/04/25/technology/gmail-redesign/index.html).  As in the Mission Impossible movies where a message self-destructs in 30 seconds, you can now do the same to protect a sensitive email surfacing in a hack 10 years down, lawsuit, or “gotcha” of any kind.  Undoubtedly politicians will embrace Gmail’s new email, but for the average “Joe” this can also help with preventing identity theft & ransomware attacks.  Combined with other proven safeguards such as commercial grade firewall routers, VPN’s, & managed data back-ups, Gmail’s new secure email could be the recipe you need to protect your personal & business computer network.   RB’s Computer Service can help you plan and integrate the new Gmail features with these proven safeguards.

Gmail Helps Thwart a Hack  

Since most email hacks begin with low-tech phishing scams, deleting a sent email will help protect yourself if and when the recipient of your email is hacked.  Further, the new Gmail will warn people if a sender appears to be posing as someone you know.  It first rolled out new phishing tools a month ago.  Google uses machine vision algorithms to scan all the emails in your inbox and determine if they are a risk.  Last year, Gmail stopped scanning emails to target advertisements based on your conversations.  But there is no way to opt of out scanning altogether since it’s required for spam controls (Heather Kelly, CNN Tech, Meet the new Gmail, now with disappearing messages, April 25th, 2018 https://money.cnn.com/2018/04/25/technology/gmail-redesign/index.html)

How New Gmail Works?

Click the lock icon at the bottom of an email to turn on Confidential Mode.  You can set a message to expire in 1 day to 5 years, and require the recipient to enter a passcode texted to their phone before they can read it.  Confidential Mode emails will open in a special window that doesn’t allow the recipient to forward, copy or print the message (though you can still grab a screenshot).  There’s an option to revoke an email at any time.  The tools work even with emails sent to non-Gmail accounts (Heather Kelly, CNN Tech, Meet the new Gmail, now with disappearing messages, April 25th, 2018 https://money.cnn.com/2018/04/25/technology/gmail-redesign/index.html).  For more one this, visit: https://www.zdnet.com/pictures/all-new-gmail-massive-update-adds-new-security-and-intelligence-features/

Gmail + VPN’s, Commercial Grade Firewall Routers & Back-ups

Combined with other proven safeguards such as commercial grade firewall routers, VPN’s, & managed data back-ups, Gmail’s new secure email could be the recipe you need to protect your personal & business computer network.  RB’s Computer Service employs a number of strategies and solutions to protect personal computers, business computers, or networks that go several steps further than the new Gmail can provide, such as commercial grade firewall routers, VPN’s, and managed back-ups.  From businesses to college students, these solutions are affordable.  In fact, we offer monthly Managed IT Services Agreements.  For the price one pays for lunch each day of the week, in many cases, your “work from home computer,” school computer, or office network could be protected with a blend of these for minimal expense.  Moreover, RB’s Computer Service staff regularly keeps up to date on emerging virus, malware and hacker threats so you don’t have to.

To learn more about how you might integrate the new Gmail with other proven safeguards such as commercial grade firewall routers, VPN’s, & managed data back-ups, contact me via phone or email: 763-441-3884, or randy@rbsmn.com.  In addition to ransomware strategies, RB’s Computer Service sells the best commercial grade firewall routers, best laptop computers, best desktop computers, business computers, computer parts and computer monitors.  We also provide managed IT services, computer repair, iPhone and smartphone repair and tablet repairs to customers and clients throughout central Minnesota and St. Cloud.