Gmail – now with https enabled by default

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

This is good news.

Some 18 months after introducing a way of forcing your browser to use https when accessing the contents of your Gmail account, those nice folks at Google have decided to do the sensible thing and enable it for all users by default.

A post on the official Gmail blog announced the change in policy, which means that next time you log in to your email from an unencrypted airport hotspot, or check your correspondence while you’re having your morning Starbucks, that your email remains encrypted as it whizzes between your laptop and Google’s servers.

The timing of Google’s announcement is interesting though. Could it be sheer coincidence that Google has made this change to the way Gmail works at the very same time that it announced…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.