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:
Click on SETTINGS (top-right of the Gmail page). It will look something like this:
Scroll all the way down, or try to find “Browser connection”
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,
Be sure to check this visualization plugin (for most “modern” browsers). It gives a nice way to navigate through photos (i.e. flickr, google image results, etc.) and videos (i.e. youtube). Not too shabby indeed.
Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do is get Firefox 3 during Download Day to help set the record for most software downloads in 24 hours — it’s that easy. We’re not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.
By the way, the official date for the launch of Firefox 3 will be posted here soon — so check back! Join our community and this effort by pledging today.
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Just a few weeks ago, Mozilla released Firefox 1.5 RC3. This seems to be the same as the final release. So, if you haven’t converted yet (mostly IE6 users) nor have tried out Firefox, now is the time.
I finally decided to update my Firefox version from 1.0.7 to the newest 1.5. I will be implementing this on my work PC as it has the most extensions installed. This should be interesting.
Tabbrowser Extensions 1.14.2005092501 (New version: 2.0.2005113001)
View Rendered Source Chart 1.2.03
HTML Validator 0.7.6
IE Tab 1.0.5 (New version: 18.104.22.168)
Here goes nothing, or something. To be continued…
The striked-out extensions above were noted as incompatible with Firefox 1.5. Firefox Update automatically “disabled [them] until compatible versions are installed.” I then noted the newest, available version of the extension that is compatible with Firefox 1.5, as stated by Firefox Update.
Also to note, I needed to update my theme “Noia 2.0 (extreme)” as it was causing a display bug on the URL-address bar. This went from 2.88 to 2.991 and apparently fixed the display issue. This took a while to figure out. Maybe in the future, Moz-dev team can have a note to check one’s theme if there are any display issues being encountered.
All in all, the update went quite well. It seems that Firefox 1.5 loads a tad faster than its predecessor. I’m just bummed about not having some extensions: Sitebar Sidebar (which is my links depository) and Greasemonkey (which is one of the best extensions to have for a Firefox user).
Note: Greasemonkey 0.6.2 seems to be having bug issues at the moment. People have been addressing this issue, so there should be a fix soon. It’s probably going to roll out with version 0.6.4 of the extension.