Protect Sensitive Information by Using Confidential Mode in Gmail

September 27, 2021 1:15 PM

Center for Information Technology

You can now send email messages and attachments with Gmail's confidential mode to help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access. You can use confidential mode to set an expiration date for messages or revoke access at any time. Recipients of the confidential message will have options to forward, copy, print, and download disabled.

When in doubt about whether your email contains sensitive information, choose to use confidential mode. Confidential mode limits recipients from accidentally forwarding your email, but it does not prevent recipients from taking screenshots of your messages or attachments. Always exercise caution with any content you send via email, and keep in mind that use of all Oberlin computing resources is subject to the Acceptable Use Policy.

Visit Google's Send & open confidential emails support page to view a brief animation on how confidential emails work and learn how to send a confidential message.  For additional assistance, open a support ticket using the CIT Tech Support Portal.