Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Gmail security tips

What's new in Gmail?

  • Gmail now even more secure: HTTPS by default

    HTTPS encryption keeps your mail secure as it travels between your web browser and Gmail servers, so someone sharing your favorite coffee shop's public wifi can't maliciously read it. Banks and credit card companies use this same protocol to keep your online accounts safe. To protect your Gmail account, we've turned on the option to "always use HTTPS" for everyone. This added layer of security can make Gmail slower, so if you don't use unencrypted wireless connections, you can choose to disable this option in your account Settings. Even if you change this setting, Gmail will always encrypt the login page to protect your password. Learn more

  • What's been keeping us busy...

  • More storage for less money

    If you need more space for your email and photos, you can now buy 20 gigabytes of storage for only $5 a year. Extra storage is shared between Gmail and Picasa Web Albums and acts as an overflow if you use up your free storage. Learn more

  • New features for Gmail on iPhone and Android
    Point your phone's browser to and enjoy Gmail complete with full label support, an outbox for messages composed while offline, the ability to mute messages, and more. Learn more

  • New in Labs: "Got the wrong Bob?" and "Don't forget Bob"
    Ever included Bob (your boss) instead of Bob (your friend) on an email by accident? Oops! Turn on "Got the wrong Bob?" and Gmail will check if you meant to include Bob Smith rather than Bob Jones based on the groups of people you email most often.

    With "Don't forget Bob," you can start composing an email to a group of people, and Gmail will suggest other contacts you might want to include. Check out these experimental features and more on the Labs tab under Settings.

  • Four more themes
    Make Gmail look like a calm patch of grass or an old school video game. Can't decide? Choose "Random" and cycle through a different theme each day. Check out all available themes from the Themes tab under Settings.

  • New in Labs: Message translation
    Turn on "Message translation" from the Labs tab under Settings, and whenever you receive an email in a language other than your own, Gmail will automatically translate it into a language you can understand with just one click.

  • Tasks: the first graduate of Gmail Labs
    Available in Gmail, Google Calendar, iGoogle and on your mobile phone, Tasks is the simple to-do list that's with you everywhere you go. Click "Tasks" above your chat list to get started (no need to turn it on from the Labs tab anymore). Learn more

  • Drag and drop labels
    You can now drag labels onto messages and messages into labels, just like folders. The labels you use most often are easier to access right above your chat list. The rest are hidden but still accessible under "more." Customize which labels you see from the Labels tab under Settings. Learn more

  • New in Labs: YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, and Yelp previews
    Instead of just links, see previews of photos, videos, and reviews right in your email. Turn on these and other experimental features from the Labs tab under Settings.

  • New in Labs: Undo send
    Oops, hit "Send" too soon? Give yourself a grace period of a few seconds to cancel sending, then edit your message before sending again. Turn it on from the Labs tab under Settings.

  • Tasks mobile
    Take your to-do list everywhere you go. Just go to from your mobile browser.

  • New in Labs: Offline
    Make Gmail work even when you're not connected to the internet. Turn on offline access from the Labs tab under Settings.

  • Labels: auto-complete and "move to"
    The buttons and menus at the top of your inbox look a bit different: there's a new "Labels" button that makes labeling messages even easier. Turn on keyboard shortcuts and hit "L" to bring up your labels, and auto-complete will take it from there. Use the "Move to" button to label and archive in just one step -- just like you would with a folder. Learn more

  • Gmail stickers
    If you sent in a self-addressed stamped envelope postmarked by February 14th, 2009, you got back some free Gmail stickers. We may be all about speedy electronic communication, but this time we went old school with snail mail.Learn more

  • Fast PDF previews
    Now you can preview PDFs right in your browser without waiting for them to download and open in another application. Just click the "View" link next to any .pdf attachments you receive.

  • New in Labs: Tasks
    Keep track of what you need to do with a lightweight task list right inside of Gmail. Just click and type to add new tasks, convert emails into tasks, and (most satisfyingly) check them off as you're done. Once you turn on this Labs feature, look for the Tasks link to the left of your inbox under Contacts. Turn on tasks and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more

  • New in Labs: Text Messaging in Chat
    Send SMS text messages right from Gmail. You chat from your comfy computer and reach your friends on the go; they get your messages as texts and can peck out replies on their little keyboards. Turn on SMS text messaging and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more

  • Spice up your inbox with Gmail Themes
    From minimalist grays to dynamic mountain landscapes, choose from over 30 options to personalize the look and feel of your Gmail account. To get started, check out the Themes tab under Settings. Learn more

  • Talk face to face with Gmail voice and video chat
    See and hear friends and family right from within Gmail. All you need is a webcam and a small download that takes seconds to install. Learn more

  • 15 new Labs features to try out
    There's a whole lot more to play with in Gmail Labs, our testing ground for experimental features. Google Calendar and Docs gadgets, a forgotten attachment detector, advanced IMAP controls, and canned responses are just a taste. Turn on these and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more

  • Gmail on Android
    Gmail is now available on the world's first Android-powered phone, the T-Mobile G1. All of the features you love about Gmail on your computer, plus real time push email so you never need to refresh your inbox. Learn more

  • Emoticons – they're not just for chat anymore
    Express yourself with emoticons from emoji_smile to emoji_crab or even emoji_poop. Click the emoji_smile button when composing a message in "Rich formatting" mode, or choose the new emoticons tab in chat, and express yourself to your emoji_heart's desire. Learn more

  • Gmail for mobile 2.0
    Save multiple mobile drafts, compose and read recent email offline, use new shortcut keys and more. Download Gmail for mobile 2.0 for your BlackBerry or J2ME phone by going to in your mobile browser.

  • Gmail Labs: A testing ground for experimental new features
    Try out features in development and let us know what you think. To get started with Labs, click the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more

  • Gmail has a new look on the iPhone browser
    Now with auto-complete when composing, automatic refreshing, and faster load times when viewing email. Learn more

  • More friends are more fun. Gmail welcomes your AIM® friends.
    Now you can talk to your AIM® friends using an integrated chat list right inside Gmail. Learn more

    AOL and AIM are trademarks of AOL LLC

  • Colored labels
    Better organize your email with new colored labels. Just click the color swatch next to each label to assign a color. Learn more

  • Group chat
    Chat with multiple people without multiple windows. Invite your friends to a group discussion. To start a group chat, click 'Group chat' from the 'Options' menu when chatting. Learn more

  • New emoticons
    Start sending richer expressions to your friends. Learn more

  • Free IMAP
    Sync your inbox across devices instantly and automatically. Whether you read or write your email on your phone or on your desktop, changes you make to Gmail will be seen from anywhere you access your inbox. Another way to use Gmail on your iPhone is through the browser. By going to you get the full Gmail experience including conversation view, search, and more. Learn how to set up IMAP on other devices.

    Set up IMAP on your iPhone. Watch the video

  • View as slideshow
    Now you can open PowerPoint attachments as slideshows, without having to download anything. Just click "View as slideshow" next to the .ppt attachment you want to preview. Since you can open .doc and .xls attachments with Google Docs and Spreadsheets too, there's no need to leave your web browser to check out your Gmail attachments. Learn more

  • Increased attachment limit-- 20 MB!
    Now you can start sharing more of those home videos, large presentations and files you just can't seem to get smaller. We have doubled the allowable attachment size to 20 MB to make your Gmail space even more useful. Learn more

  • It's a Gmail party and everyone is invited!
    You can still invite your friends to enjoy Gmail's spam protection, lots of free storage and other great features, but now you can also just tell them to visit and sign up without an invitation.

  • Get mail from other accounts
    Now Gmail can check for the mail you receive at your other email accounts. You can retrieve your mail (new and old) from up to five other email accounts and have them all in Gmail. Then you can even create a customized 'From:' address, which lets you send messages from Gmail, but have them look like they were sent from another one of your email accounts. Please note that you can only retrieve mail from accounts that have POP3 access enabled. Learn more

  • Embarrassment-reducing new message notifications
    Ever replied to a message only to find out that someone sent a better, smarter reply right before you? Now, if someone sends a reply while you're in the middle of reading a conversation (or replying to it), you'll get a notification that a new message has arrived. Click "update conversation" to see what you’ve missed.

  • Forward all
    When viewing a conversation, use the new “Forward all” link on the right if you want to forward the entire conversation instead of just one message.

  • Chat even when your friends are offline
    Chatting in Gmail just keeps getting better. Now, if you're chatting with a friend who goes offline, your friend will be able to see whatever you were typing the next time he or she goes online.

  • Get Gmail on your mobile phone
    Download it once, and start accessing Gmail on your phone with just a click or two. To try it for yourself, point your phone to Learn more

  • Voicemail
    Your friends can leave you a voicemail using Google Talk. The voice message is sent to your Gmail account as an audio file that you can download or play right from your inbox. Learn more

  • Reply by chat
    When you're about to (or in the middle of a) reply to someone, and you see that person online, you can just send your reply as a chat message. And if you've chosen to save your chat histories, then your chat even gets threaded with that original email conversation. Learn more

  • A picture's worth a thousand words
    With contact pictures in Gmail, you can pick ones for yourself, see which ones your friends have chosen, and set certain pictures to show up for specific people in your Gmail account. Best of all, you can even send picture suggestions to your friends. Learn more

  • Gmail Chat
    Get in touch with your friends instantly, from right inside Gmail! It's the biggest thing to happen to Gmail, since well, Gmail. Learn more

  • Vacation auto-responder
    Set an auto-response so that if you're lying on a beach or taking a train across Siberia, your friends will know you won't be checking your email. Learn more

  • Contact groups
    One of our most-requested features is finally here! Now you can send messages to a group instead of having to pick out the individual addresses every time.Learn more

  • View as HTML
    Now you can view Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or .pdf attachments as web pages by clicking the "View as HTML" link instead of downloading. For when you want to see it faster, you're on a mobile device, or you don't want to install software just to view a document. Learn more

  • Export Gmail contacts
    Export your Gmail Contacts and save them in a file for back-up or to use in another account or service–great if you're using Gmail's free POP access. Learn more

  • Auto-save
    Saves to ‘Drafts' as you're composing. Never lose a half-written email again.

  • Get to Gmail from any web page
    Download the new Gmail-enabled Google Toolbar. Search your mail or instantly go to your Inbox from any web page with just one click. Learn more

  • Gmail on
    See your new messages directly from your personalized homepage.

  • Google Talk
    IM and make free calls through your computer with Google Talk. Your Gmail contacts are even pre-loaded. Learn more

  • Customized 'From:' addresses
    Customize the address on your outgoing messages to display another one of your addresses instead. Learn more

  • An application for Macs
    The Gmail Notifier for Mac OS X even supports plug-in development.

  • Free POP access and automatic forwarding
    Access your mail the way you want to. Download your messages. Read them offline. Use your Blackberry or Outlook or any POP-enabled device. Or forward new messages to an email account you specify. You can even switch to other email services without having to worry about losing access to your messages. Think of it as email portability Learn more

  • Import Contacts
    Move all your contacts from Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, and others to Gmail in just a few clicks. Learn more

  • Signature options
    From the settings page, create a signature that's automatically added to the end of all your outgoing messages. Learn more

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