Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Gmail, Google's email service, has some vulnerabilities that could allow unauthorized access to your email. To beef up security, make sure you are using a secure HTTPS connection to Gmail by checking your browser's address bar. The address should begin with "https://" if you are using a secure connection. While HTTPS is not without its own vulnerabilities, it's better than naked surfing.
You can configure Gmail to always use HTTP by clicking Settings from the main Gmail window. In the General tab under Browser Connection (at the bottom), select "Always use https."
Other email services like Yahoo and Hotmail don't allow this option. Your most secure option is to download your email using a program like Mozilla Thunderbird instead of viewing it on the Web. (In my opinion Outlook and Outlook Express won't do anything to enhance your security because they have their own problems.)
Posted byTriona Guidry at 9:47 AM