Force Gmail to use an encrypted session in open hotspots

Encrypted_gmail_sessionHow ironic. Open WiFi and keeping your data safe came up earlier this week when Ben and I were having Chinese in Philadelphia. I mentioned to him that the whole city was going WiFi through Earthlink for $19.95 a month and that led to safe use of public WiFi and Gmail in particular. Today, Hackszine offers up the very simple trick to use Gmail over an encrypted session; a good precaution if you’re using an open hotspot on the road.

We knew the method, but here it is for anyone that isn’t aware: just point your freshly opened browser to https://gmail.google.com and you’re all set. You’ll want to log out of Gmail when you’re done with your mail as an added precaution as well. If you don’t want to remember to use the secure URL, just save it to your Bookmarks and be done with it.

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