Gmail Security Tweak

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I was going through some notes I'd made a little while back last night and came across a little golden nugget that was given to me by fellow marketer Simon Hodgkinson..

Simon's a pretty smart marketer with a fairly impressive array of products, which you can check out on his Hodgkinson Publishing site, as well as his own book

Simon was checking his Gmail account while we were sat at the bar and mentioned another marketer (who's name I can't remember) who had his gmail account broken in to after accessing it on an unsecured network at a hotel, and subsequantly had many of his websites, servers and other business assets attacked!

The problem is that gmail is accessed via http instead of https (secure encrypted) as a default, so if you use Gmail I recommend you take a moment and go in to your "Settings" (from the top right hands side of the page when you're logged in) and then scroll down the page to the bottom to find the option to change to logon via https as a default.

gmail https login option

gmail https login option

It only takes a minute or so to do and could save you a lot of agro down the line sometime... 🙂


24 comments on “Gmail Security Tweak”

  1. Thanks Matt,
    That's really good to know and simple to fix.
    So many of us, who travel and use open networks, don't realize how vulnerable we are to this kind of attack. Thanks again for bringing this information up.

  2. Matt,

    Thank you SOOOOO much for this valuable information - it's hard for those of us who are honest to even imagine breaking into someone else's email account or anything else that doesn't belong to us. *sigh* But we don't live in an ideal world, so we have to learn all the ways to protect ourselves.

    By the way, the same thing goes for your cPanel logins - if you always use the https login and :2083 instead of :2082 then you are more secure there, too. 🙂

    Have joyous holidays,


  3. Hi Matt,
    Found this nugget of information from a friend over at better networker. As you can see, I use gmail and I'm going right now to change it. Thanks so much for the tip! 🙂

    1. Hi Andrew,
      true, but as it only takes a minute to make the change, I reckon it's worth making sure it's done just in case you do need it in the future and forget...

  4. Hi Matt,
    Thanks a lot for informing us about this.
    I knew about the https security thing, but i didn't
    realize it has on google too until now.
    You really did save the day 😉
    Till then,

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