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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Secure your GMail Sessions on Public Networks

There are probably quite a few of you out there who have to access their GMail accounts on public or unencrypted wireless networks, and in some situations, need to keep what they're doing private. Gmail does secure the authentication process to their service by default, but unfortunately, everything that happens after will pass through the wire in clear text. So what can you do if you need a little privacy while being logged in at work or school? The answer is simple: When you type in Gmail's address in your browser, just add an 's' in front of the http part of the url, like this: https://gmail.google.com. Your whole session will then be encrypted with SSL, including your Gmail chat conversations. Yes, we know, this is a pretty obvious tip, but tell me frankly, would you have thought of it?


  • Unfortunately this is only true for the login page. After the login you will be redirected to normal HTTP without HTTPS. So only the login is encripted. The session that follows is not.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 AM  

  • Have you tried it? It works and does not redirect to http but remains on https..

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 11:52 AM  

  • kiltak, you're right. The https://gmail.google.com does not redirect after login, but https://www.gmail.com does. My mistake.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:46 PM  

  • I think this trick will work for most (if not all) of Google's services...as long as you use the proper subdomain or path (rather than an alternate domain like gmail.com).

    It's a good trick too. If there's https, use it.

    By Blogger theMatt, at 10:18 PM  

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