It is recommend for you to have a secure connection network between your PC and the Gmail server. Let say if you login to Gmail using a public network like wireless or hotspot in Starbucks, someone can tamper or see the sensitive information transferred from your PC to the Gmail server. This is because the network you are using is not secure and is open to everybody.

Non-secure networks make it easier for someone to impersonate you and gain full access to your Google account, including any sensitive data it may contain like bank statements or online log-in credentials.

To check whether you are in a secure connection or not, check that the protocol that being used is https at the address bar. And also, there is a Lock icon at the bottom right corner of your browser (Firefox).

When you have both of them, that’s mean you are in a secure connection. No one can tamper or modify or spying on the data transferred between you and the Gmail server. You are now safe and secure to send emails, at least. More »

Gmail recently became more secure for users and now you can use the Gmail SSL (Secure Socket Layer) feature to enable HTTPS for a more secure connection online while accessing your email. But you have to enable the setting…

Secure Gmail Connection

How to enable default secure Gmail connection?
Login to Gmail > Go to Settings > General > Browser Connection

Browser Connection set to https will force a secure connection and is essential to keep your data safe and protect it from hijacking. It is essential particularly for those accessing Internet and gmail via public Wifi or non-encrypted networks. So if you routinely login via wireless internet at coffee shops, airports, college dorms, then you might need this additional layer of security.

But I see https when I login?

Gmail uses https to protect your password every time you log into Gmail, but they don’t use https once you’re in your mail unless you enable this setting. More »