Make your Gmail even more secure

Make your Gmail even more secure

Summary: Last week Google launched a new feature that lets you keep track of computers that are logged into your Gmail account -- a tool that will put the minds of people who are suspicious of unauthorized account access at ease. But what about people snooping your internet traffic?

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Last week Google launched a new feature that lets you keep track of computers that are logged into your Gmail account -- a tool that will put the minds of people who are suspicious of unauthorized account access at ease. But what about people snooping your internet traffic? The session viewer they released isn't able to solve that kind of problem.

To increase the level of security in Gmail again, Google is now giving users the option to make sure Gmail always uses SSL -- effectively making an encrypted connection to Gmail and preventing people from sniffing your internet packets. To set this feature up, log into Gmail, go to "settings", then make sure the option to "Always use https" is selected. Push "Save" and you're done. Next time you go to www.gmail.com, you will notice it automatically redirects you to https://www.gmail.com.

gmail-https-setting.png [image from Google Blogoscoped]

This has been a commonly requested feature for a long time -- in fact, people wanted it so bad they took matters into their own hands. There is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox that does precisely what Google has implemented, and not suprisingly, it is the fourth most installed Greasemonkey script for Gmail on userserscripts.org.

Topics: Cloud, Browser, Collaboration, Google

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  • Good Deal!

    nt
    D T Schmitz
  • RE: Steal News Storys

    this is terribly outdated advice, a mere 2 days ago google made https an allways on feature, it seems like you have read this, then written this story to make yourself sound smart!!!

    http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/making-security-easier.html
    ZDNET_guest666
    • Come on, relax. The popular stories will be blogged about many times.

      It is very common for to repeat what is on official company blogs and other blogs. Just RELAX.
      DonnieBoy
    • Re: Steal news stor(ies)

      [pre]this is terribly outdated advice, a mere 2 days ago google made https an allways on feature, it seems like you have read this, then written this story to make yourself sound smart!!![/pre]

      It's a good thing he wrote about it, because many people, including myself, wouldn't have realized it until a later date if not.
      harrisharris
    • Get a grip

      It ain't stealing, that's how news <i>works.</i>
      seanferd
  • RE: Make your Gmail even more secure

    Thanks for the info and advice. <y Gmail was not secure, I just went and followed your instructions.
    gamez13ster
  • Not available for Google Apps for your domain (n/t)

    (n/t)
    markbn
    • Grrrr

      I've signed up for Google Apps and that is the [b]only[/b] thing I hate about it. Whenever an announcement is made about GMail, one can be 99% sure that it won't be available for Google Apps. :(
      NonZealot
  • Then gnotifier doesn't work

    That's what happened when I tried it.
    ron.cleaver
    • What's Gnotifier?

      Not sure what Gnotifier is... (and are you related? ;-)
      Martin Cleaver
      martinaaa6
      • GNotifier is...

        "Win32 system tray application that interacts with Google mail servers (Gmail), notifying individuals when they have new mail."

        See http://sourceforge.net/projects/gnotifier/
        Mike-Kemp
    • gnotifier broke the moment I switched it on!

      and it's still broken... It only works if you click on the "View Inbox" and then falls over again the next time it tries to check for NEW MAIL! Hoping they post a fix and quick.

      :o)
      Huntsman.ks
  • RE: Make your Gmail even more secure

    Shouldn't an email system/account be setup as secure by default. I guess I am missing something or else Google is. This doesn't make me want to use Gmail if I have to secure my account myself. This reinforces my feeling that Google is only ready for consumers (all though not with applications I guess) and not for businesses.
    rmark2
    • Are you kidding!

      I'm ususally reading how to make email secure on your own server, most ISPs won't give you this kind of service. I'm shocked that it has come out for a web based service; and I never heard Mozilla had a plugin for it.

      This has been a highly informative article!
      JCitizen
      • You must be kidding....

        There have been add-ons for this for years (by the way plugins are different and are usually part of a software package to enhance client based application).

        My favorite is CustomizeGoogle, but there are others out there that do the same thing. It also allows you to view all your GoogleDocs, Calender, Reader, History and more in https -- oh and don't forget about the Annonymize the Google UID and block analytics.
        riveroad
        • Secure email; that is what I'm talking about..

          that is what the article is about! Many people have needed this as a home standalone web-based service for years.

          The only way I've ever implemented it is through our own company exchange server using OWA.

          Private individuals have set it up on their own exchange server, but the average Joe and Jill isn't going to go through that rigmarole!
          JCitizen
  • RE: Make your Gmail even more secure

    Unfortunately the gmail applet for igoogle seems to render your inbox just fine in http... I guess it's not completely bulletproof...
    tatonca
  • A vital feature, but unfortunately,it interferes with the functioning of

    the ?Send to Gmail? button on the [b]Google Toolbar for Firefox 3[/b]. I hope the [b]Gmail[/b] and [b]Toolbar[/b] developers will crunch this bug soon, so that we who make frequent use of the ?Send to Gmail? feature can also enable the ?always use https? option in [b]Gmail[/b]....

    Henri
    mhenriday
  • RE: Make your Gmail even more secure

    Great, but it's been available for years, for traditional desktop clients such as Thunderbird. What is missing is secure authentication, without which any other security measure is pointless.
    leeegeee
    • All you need are the certificates, but....

      I thought I read this is for people running their own server service?

      Tech Republic has had many articles in this area; but I seem to remember they were geared toward email server gearheads.

      This is the first time I remember ever hearing of a totally web based service like this!
      JCitizen