Google's Gmail adds security after China hacking

Jan 13, 2010
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(AP) -- Google is tightening the security of its free e-mail service to combat computer hackers like the ones that recently targeted it in China.

With the shift, Gmail accounts will automatically be set in an "https" mode, meaning contents of e-mail will be scrambled so they're less likely to leak out to unauthorized users. Before, only the log-in data was encrypted.

Google hadn't been using this more secure format as Gmail's default setting because it can be slower than the unprotected mode.

The shift to the more secure setting began late Tuesday, just a few hours after Google announced Chinese hackers had pried into the e-mail accounts of human rights activists. Google is now considering pulling out of and shutting down its there because of the attacks.

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Rynox77
5 / 5 (2) Jan 13, 2010
You can always access https gmail, even with this settin turned off, and if you don't then you are being kind of wreckless. This setting only FORCES you to use https mode by redirecting you if you choose the http site. This should be the default and I can see no reasonable excuse to view your email over http. Speed? Nonsense. Marginally faster in http mode.
Auxon
not rated yet Jan 15, 2010
You can always access https gmail, even with this settin turned off, and if you don't then you are being kind of wreckless. This setting only FORCES you to use https mode by redirecting you if you choose the http site. This should be the default and I can see no reasonable excuse to view your email over http. Speed? Nonsense. Marginally faster in http mode.


I agree except that if you were total the cost of processing across all Gmail customers and emails etc... there may be a large enough number that some one at Google cared. At least they are changing it now.

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