Home > slashdot > Gmail Moves To HTTPS By Default

Gmail Moves To HTTPS By Default

January 13th, 2010 01:34 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

clone53421 writes “Although Gmail has long supported HTTPS as an option, Gmail announced their decision yesterday to switch everyone to HTTPS by default: ‘We initially left the choice of using it up to you because there’s a downside: https can make your mail slower since encrypted data doesn’t travel across the web as quickly as unencrypted data. Over the last few months, we’ve been researching the security/latency tradeoff and decided that turning https on for everyone was the right thing to do.’ I wonder if this has anything to do with the reports of Chinese users having their accounts hacked? ‘Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves,’ said David Drummond in that blog update. That does sound like it perhaps could be a result of insecure HTTP traffic being intercepted in transit between the users and Gmail’s servers.”

Source: Gmail Moves To HTTPS By Default

Related Articles:

  1. Facebook Switching To HTTPS By Default
  2. Twitter Joins the HTTPS By Default Party
  3. The Internet Archive Switches To HTTPS Connections By Default
  4. Gmail Goes HTTPS Only For All Connections
  5. Ubuntu Moves To Yahoo For Default Firefox Search
blog comments powered by Disqus