Friday, 15 January 2010

Google defaults HTTPS for all GMail users

Not that long ago, Google released an option to always use HTTPS allowing users to encrypt email as it moves between web browsers and Google servers. By using HTTPS, user data is protected from being snooped on by 3rd parties, like in public wifi hotspots. Initially, the choice of defaulting to HTTPS was up to the end user because there is a downside: HTTPS can make your mail slower because encrypted data does not travel across the web as quickly as unencrypted data. However it seems that Google has reviewed the security/latency tradeoff and decided that turning HTTPS on for everyone was the right thing to do. Woohoo!

Read more about this default setting on the official GMail blog.

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