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Change in Gmail

Gmail now even more secure: HTTPS by default

“HTTPS encryption keeps your mail secure as it travels between your web browser and Gmail servers, so someone sharing your favorite coffee shop’s public wifi can’t maliciously read it. Banks and credit card companies use this same protocol to keep your online accounts safe. To protect your Gmail account, we’ve turned on the option to “always use HTTPS” for everyone. This added layer of security can make Gmail slower, so if you don’t use unencrypted wireless connections, you can choose to disable this option in your account Settings. Even if you change this setting, Gmail will always encrypt the login page to protect your password.”

To see what else is new with Gmail, click here. (Yes, there’s more.)

January 14, 2010 - Posted by | computers, e-mail, Google, Internet, News, privacy, security


  1. TechPaul,

    Did you hear about the Google Chinese scandal? It was rumored that the Chinese govt. hacked into some Chinese citizens’ gmail accounts to stop the spread of sensitive data or s/th. I, in the same league of President Obama, believe strongly in internet freedom, so I oppose this kind of action from the Chinese govt. [I hope the Chinese govt. doesn’t throw me in jail for saying this :)].

    However, I do not support Google’s notion to back out of the Chiense market since they provide a great service. I hope that, in the unfortunate event of Google stopping it’s Chinese services, will not interrupt similar Google services in Hong Kong, where I live.


    Comment by Adrian | January 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. Oh, and by the way, you don’t need to use the “* Subscribe to Tech–for Everyone by Email” FeedBurner service anymore – WordPress has email subscription available to all visitors of blogs. (I hope you have noticed :))


    Comment by Adrian | January 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Adrian,
      Thank you for pointing that out — but I will keep the ‘extra’ button.
      Though I don’t know how many actually notice it. I am beginning to think people don’t look around a website much, and sometimes I wonder if they even read the content…


      Comment by techpaul | January 15, 2010 | Reply

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