Thursday, February 24, 2005

Secure Gmail Access

If you're a frequent Gmail user like me, you would've noticed that Gmail provides secure [encrypted] login while the rest of the pages are blatantly unsecure. Using it in public wireless networks allows anyone on that network to access all the emails that you send and recieve. A simple way to secure your Gmail data transfers from prying eyes is to use https which is nothing but http layered over SSL (secure sockets layer).

The default login will take you to your inbox and the session remains unsecure. It looks as follows -


Using https directs the message to a secure port address rather than the default Web port number of 80. Your Firefox browser will show the address bar turn pale yellow indicating a secure site.


So the next time you decide to browse at your local wifi-enabled Barista or Starbucks, make sure you have your Gmail session secured.
[via stopdesign]

3 Comments:

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Khushee said...

Hmm. Good tip :D

 
At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Jake said...

Excellent!

 
At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately you are incorrect. Due to the wonderfulness of AJAX and iframes, only the Authentication Creds are sent via SSL, everything else is done via port 80.

 

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