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Better Way To Enable Gmail Https For Reading Email Securely

You probably know that Google Gmail offer an option whereby you could access Gmail in HTTPS protocol or secure connection.

However, that option might not be an good idea for all cases. Indeed, there are at least three points highlighted in Gmail Help for this HTTPS option.

First, for Windows users who are using Gmail Notifier must download and apply this patch or this email alerter will not able to “know” there are new emails sent to you.

According to the note, this Gmail Notifier patch is actually a zip file of two Registration Entries (.reg) files (used by Windows Registry Editor to add, modify, or delete registry subkeys and values).

If you opt for “Always use https” option of Browser Connection in the Gmail Settings page, double-click the notifier_https.reg to apply the Registry fix. If you turn HTTPS setting off later, you have to run notifier_https_undo.reg too.

How to enable Gmail HTTPS option to read email securely?

Apparently, if you never configure this HTTPS setting, you don’t have to bother about this at all :-)

Next, accessing Gmail from an Internet-enabled mobile phone might encounter “unexpected error”, caused by Gmail for mobile application older than version 2.0.6.

There are few ways to fix this error. The easier way is to access Gmail with mobile web browser or disable the HTTPS option in Settings page. If possible, just update Gmail for mobile application to version 2.0.6 or later.

For those who are using Gmail for mobile application version 1.5 and 2.0, click here to read tweaking guide for “Always use HTTPS” feature.

Lastly, using the Send To feature of Google Toolbar is likely encounter 404 error after enabling the Gmail HTTPS option. The fix, as suggested by Gmail Help at this time of writing, is to turn off the “Always use https” option.

So, I think the most “easiest” way to secure Gmail is disable the “Always use https” option and manually entering the HTTPS version of Gmail in a web browser (doesn’t matter it’s a Desktop or mobile phone edition):
https://mail.google.com

By using this “secure” Gmail sign in page, the whole Gmail session is protected by HTTPS protocol, exactly the way of “Always use HTTPS” feature works, i.e. writing and sending email in secure mode, as well as chat via GTalk, contacts, etc.

To remind you once again, that this trick is only applicable when you access Gmail from a web browser!

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  1. RAM KUMAR 12-01-10@23:07

    Very useful. I would like to know more things.
    one of my question is ” How to know that a computer is internet enable not LAN enable. how to differentiate a LAN network & Internet connection.

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