Don't Wait for Google to Upgrade Your Gmail Security

 
 
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2009-06-16 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brian Prince is reporting today that Google is considering enforcing SSL encryption by default for its Google Apps users. It's a good idea--as eWEEK Labs' own Andrew Garcia discussed recently, your on-the-go applications can have an awful lot to say about you.

In fact, enforcing HTTPS encryption for Google Apps by default is such a good idea that you shouldn't wait for Google to implement it. Whether you administer a Google Apps domain or are an individual user of the service, you should enable the mandatory SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption yourself, right now.

Here's how you do it:

  • Step One: Visit https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/YOURDOMAINHERE and log in.
  • Step Two: Click "Domain settings" in the menu bar across the top of the screen.
  • Step Three: Check the box marked "Enable SSL."
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  • Step Four: Click the "Save changes" button.
  • Step Five: Take a look at the General Settings page within one of your managed Gmail accounts, and confirm that your users have no choice but to connect via SSL.

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If you're a regular Gmail user, or if you have a Google Apps account without an established SSL connection policy, you can use this same settings page radio button to upgrade Gmail security on your own.

 
 
 
 
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