Default HTTPS for Gmail Users

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Ekaterina Gubchik, Google Product Specialist

Today we are starting a series of articles on the privacy and security of your Gmail account.

In 2008, we added the ability to constantly use the HTTPS protocol: encrypting mail while it travels between a web browser and our servers. Using HTTPS allows you to protect data from access by third parties, especially when connecting to the Internet in public places with Wi-Fi access points. Initially, we gave you a choice: whether to use HTTPS constantly or not. But we recently revised our decision.

In the past few months, we have conducted a number of security studies. We weighed the pros and cons and came to the conclusion that in order to ensure the security of our users, it makes sense to enable a permanent HTTPS connection by default. Starting today, we are starting switching to a permanent HTTPS connection for all Gmail users. An encrypted connection can make your mail slower. If for any reason you want to switch to a regular connection, this can be done in the " Settings ".

You can find more tips on securing your account in our help center .

Note: If you use Gmail Offline with an HTTP connection, switching to HTTPS can be difficult.Read how to deal with this issue.

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