Friday, July 25, 2008

GMAIL's security, now featuring 'Forget Me Not'

I have been using free email services since long, but GMAIL was the first to offer me the option to access the mail in a safe and secure fashion, using the https://www.gmail.com instead of the regular http://www.gmail.com. Though I do not have the national secrets to guard, but now I have a choice to better protect my privacy, that too for free. The only thing to keep in mind is that, except for the Google login screen, https is not used by default, unless you type it in yourself.

So, if you feel that you need the safety from prying eyes, such as at a public wifi spot or a cyber cafe, then you need to type in https://www.gmail.com instead of the regular http://www.gmail.com. But what if you forget, and maybe unknowingly compromise your credit card number?

Thankfully, now you can let Google do the remember-my-https part. Introduced under the 'General' tab of Gmail 'Settings', you can now find a setting for "Browser Connection". You can select here for Gmail to automatically switch to https everytime. This works even if you visit Gmail from your bookmarks.



More detailed help is always available from the Gmail https help page.

How often do you rely on GMAIL's https feature? Feel free to comment on this post.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yea that's useful info...We have no access to gmail from office.But on using secured mode we were able to access our mail as well email chat..


Thanks...
Rajeev