Force Gmail to Use Secure Connection Via SSL

With the recent announce­ment of SF Reverse Engi­neer, Mike Perry, intend­ing to release his Gmail Account Hack­ing Tool to the pub­lic, there is no bet­ter time than now to secure you Gmail con­nec­tion by using the Google’s pro­vide SSL.

To do so, do the following:

  1. Click on SETTINGS (top-right of the Gmail page). It will look some­thing like this:
  2. Scroll all the way down, or try to find “Browser connection”
  3. Select “Always use https”, and the “Save changes“

You might have to refresh/reload your Gmail page. To ver­ify, you may look at your Address Bar and it should sim­i­lar to the following:

You will also notice that the browser window’s SSL con­nec­tion icon has been enabled/locked. In Fire­Fox, its on the bottom-right of the Sta­tus Bar.

Do note that if you are also using Gmail via Google Apps for work, or what have you, forc­ing SSL con­nec­tion is cur­rently not avail­able. But alas, Google does have it on their to-do list last month. Hope­fully, they can see the urgency and add it on some­time soon due to Mike Perry’s announcement.

But for now, you can just man­u­ally change the URL from hav­ing “http” to “https”. Or, if you are using Fire­Fox (which you should), you might grab this Grease­mon­key plu­gin called GMailSe­cure. You will just need to add your Google Apps’ Gmail URL to its “Included Page” list under GMailSecure’s options. For example,

http://mail.google.com/a/company-domain.com/*

Fur­ther read­ing about this sub­ject can be done via Webmonkey’s arti­cle, Why You Should Turn Gmail’s SSL Fea­ture On Now.

I hope that helps.

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