January 13, 2010

Gmail Finally Set HTTPS as Default

Google announced yesterday (https://nosurl.com/9s) that they were finally making HTTPS access for webmail the default setting, which encrypts all email as it travels between the client’s computer and the Gmail mail servers. We applaud this move, but it’s another example of how extremely large companies are slow to implement changes, even necessary changes. Nerds On Site has provided only HTTPS webmail access for over a year now, and while Gmail is finally catching up on this critical security need, most major hosting providers still haven’t taken care of this issue. In addition, Gmail still allows non-secured webmail access (through HTTP), which permits uninformed clients from inadvertently exposing themselves to privacy concerns.

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