These email innovations could save your job

Gmail’s new Undo Send feature is heaven-sent – as are these other easy alternatives to recall messages

These email innovations could save your job
These email innovations could save your job
20 Jul 2015

These email innovations could save your job

We’ve all committed that e-mail gaffe, whether it’s accidentally addressing a snarky note about a co-worker to that particular colleague in question, or neglecting to correct an embarrassing typo. That’s why Gmail’s new Undo Send feature is one of our fave innovations of the year. Here’s how it works, along with three other options you should also have on (re)call.

Google Undo Send
Google Undo Send
20 Jul 2015

Google Undo Send

This feature basically delays the actual sending of an email by up to 30 seconds (settings at 5, 10 and 20 seconds are also available) so that you have a short timeframe to act on any regrets. You’ll have to remember to enable the function in your Gmail settings though, before you get trigger-happy. Free.

Criptext
Criptext
20 Jul 2015

Criptext

A plug-in for Safari or Chrome browsers that syncs with Gmail, Criptext works differently from Undo Send. As long as the offending e-mail hasn’t been read, the programme can ensure it will never be. How so? It converts the text in the e-mail to a picture file, or you can have it erase everything so that all the recipient will see is a blank message. Free.

unSend.it
unSend.it
20 Jul 2015

unSend.it

This operates like Criptext in that it also converts the contents of the e-mail into a picture. What’s better about it? It’s compatible with many e-mail service providers, not just Gmail, or you can set up e-mail clients such as Outlook and Apple Mail to work via its server. Free.

Virtru
Virtru
20 Jul 2015

Virtru

This add-on – for webmail and e-mail clients on both iPhone and Android – allows you to encrypt files and messages so they can only be accessed by the intended recipient, who will need to verify his identity. You can even decide to revoke access later on if you need to. The only downside is that it isn’t free, though a 14-day complimentary trial is available. US$2.50 (S$3.40) a month.

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