After two of my friends had information stolen from them through public wireless networks, I’m completely paranoid. Is there some way to connect to Google’s Gmail service securely?
A long time ago I figured out that if you logged into Gmail, then if you weren’t given a secure URL (that is, one that started with https:// that you could just go ahead and manually add the ‘s’ and it’d stay secure from that point on. Then if you bookmarked the SSL connection, you’d be golden.
I’ve used that trick for years with my Gmail accounts (and documented it here too: How to get a secure connection to Gmail).
The problem is, it’s kind of a hack.
Fortunately, Google just recently added a new setting in Gmail that lets you force it to always be secure rather than just hoping it’ll stay SSL once you force it there.
To find the new setting, simply log in to your Gmail account and click on Settings. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see:
Click on “always use https”, then click “Save Changes” and you’re good forever.
Thanks for this one, Google!