How to Access Gmail Securely on a Public WiFi Network

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Public WiFi can be as dangerous as it can be useful. Unsecured connections make it possible for anyone armed with a packet sniffer to intercept email or track your surfing.

If you want to use Google Mail in a public WiFi, put your mind at ease with this handy tip:

If you go to the default google mail page – http://gmail.google.com you will be redirected to a secure site to log in, but will then be redirected to an unencrypted site for emailing. This makes you a potential risk for anyone who might be eavesdropping on the network.

The solution?

Simply type an ‘s’ at the http ID like this: https://gmail.google.com (and bookmark the URL) and you will be encrypted with SSL throughout your entire email session.

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Now you can Gmail all you want without having to worry about security!

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