Google Turns On HTTPS Full-Time for Gmail Users

Pretty geeky title, but what does it mean?  If you are a Google Gmail user your email transactions traveling from your web browser to the server are now encrypted fulltime (by default).  In the past the default settings required you to manually turn on https (encryption).  Most people never turned on https, because they did not know the purpose.

The upside to all of this is that it helps protect your data from being snooped by third parties, such as in public wifi hotspots. The downside to https is that the encryption process slows things down a tad and can make your email slower.  If you are one that is in need of speed and trust the security of your network, you can turn https “off” in your Gmail settings. Personally, I’ll live with the millisecond differences and keep https turned “on”.

You can read more about this at The Official Gmail Blog…



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