Google - Making security easier

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Google wrote:
We use https to protect your password every time you log into Gmail, but we don't use https once you're in your mail unless you ask for it (by visiting https://mail.google.com rather than http://mail.google.com). Why not? Because the downside is that https can make your mail slower. Your computer has to do extra work to decrypt all that data, and encrypted data doesn't travel across the internet as efficiently as unencrypted data. That's why we leave the choice up to you.


http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/m ... asier.html

I always thought that this defaulted when I logged into my gmail account, I guess I was wrong. Switched my settings as soon as I saw this.
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I just updated mine too, I didn't even realize they had that option to make it secure.
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likewise I didn't know this either. Good find.

//funny. I have a gmail account, but I've only used it once and have never given it out to anyone or posted it anywhere, and still had 500 spam mails.
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I have a gmail account, but...erm...it's not something i'd ever give out to someone. Rarely ever get spam as a result.
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*updates bookmarks*

I also get absolutely zero spam on my gmail account. And the funny thing is, I have actually given it to people.
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I think it might have to do with your username. Mine is just my name and I get some spam, but all of its directed to the spam box. Something like 3-5 a week.
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I think if you use something like Outlook, Thunderbird, or Operas' built-in mail client your connections are secure (TLS) by default. If I remember right the server will reject you if you don't use TLS but get everything else correct.

I use my Gmail account regularly enough, if I go a few months without going online to the web interface to mark new types of spam I start getting a couple spam messages a day.
As long as I go through it once a month & mark what little spam there is as spam, the filter works like it should.
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I use thunderbird for my gmail and its set for SSL connections only. Other than that I don't get any spam to it or none that makes it through to thunderbird at least. But its not one that is given to websites, my hotmail one is the designated spam catcher, I think it goes for around 70 spam a day at this point.. Most of it is caught by the hotmail spam filter though rather than coming down to thunderbird.
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Has anyone noticed that Gmail Notifier on Windows no longer works if you enable the https setting in Gmail? Oddly enough, the one on my Mac continues to work fine. :scratchhead:

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