Following the outbreak of Heartbleed, Internet users are more wary than ever of potential exploits and hacks, which makes the timing of Google’s latest security initiative pretty much perfect. Google has begun its implementation of an automatic two-step authentication process for users of Google Apps services, requiring anyone attempting to access an account to input both the password and a unique code sent to a mobile device. Google has had dual-factor authentication for some time, but the new Login Challenge will provide an extra layer of safety. More →
As far as Google is concerned, Android exists in its current form for one reason and one reason alone: to put Google services in front of as many eyes as possible. The mobile platform has been remarkably efficient at achieving this goal, and now we have yet another example of just how efficient it is. More →
Does Gmail need a radical design overhaul? Some at Google seem to think it does if leaked screenshots showing a major Gmail redesign are any indication. Geek.com has posted some new screenshots of an experimental new Gmail build that represents “an entirely different user interface, one that is clearly designed to function across a variety of screen sizes without losing functionality.” In other words, it looks like Google is trying to do something with Gmail similar to what Microsoft tried to do with Windows 8 — give it one consistent look across multiple different form factors.
For many email users, Gmail seemed like a gift from the heavens when it first debuted in April 2004. Compared to other popular email services at the time it was unique, simple and free, and it offered far more storage than any rival service. Fast-forward to 2014 and Gmail is still one of the top email services in the world, but it has also gotten far more complex. Gmail was all about making people’s lives easier in 2004 but now, 10 years later, it’s a feature-packed service with so many great value-adds that it’s easy to miss things in all of that clutter.
It looks like students will finally be free from the prying eyes of Google. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Google will no longer scan student email accounts running through the Google Apps for Education program in order to serve up advertisements. Apps for Education offers free Web-based email, calendar and documents to over 30 million students and faculty, and although Google did not place ads within the apps, it continued to scan every message sent through Gmail to target students in other online locations. More →
Even though Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign against Google might have been a flop, it did raise some legitimate questions on behalf of users who might not be comfortable with Google’s algorithms scanning their private emails for frequently used keywords that it would use to sell more targeted ads. The Guardian brings us word that Google has issued an update to its Gmail terms of service where it explicitly lays out how it scans your emails and how it uses the data it gathers from them. More →
Google on Tuesday announced that Gmail is getting a brand new feature that should definitely be appreciated by photographers who mainly use their smartphones to take pictures. Google’s email app will now let users insert their images faster in their emails when using the desktop version of Gmail, as long as their phones are configured to automatically back up photos on Google+. More →
Google changed the game when it launched Gmail almost exactly 10 years ago. The service offered a terrific minimal interface, plenty of storage and best of all, it was free. Gmail has evolved quite a bit since then, of course, and it now includes tons of new features that attempt to improve the user experience. Google has added so much to Gmail over the years, however, that there is probably a laundry list of great features that you don’t even know about. More →
It seems like a long time ago, but having email used to be fun back in the mid-’90s because so few people were on the Internet and it was mostly just used as a tool to communicate with your friends and family. Now, however, email has become one of the most annoying features of modern life since we have to constantly block businesses and organizations that have somehow got hold of our email address and are now spamming us with offers. When Gmail launched 10 years ago, it seemed to give us a brief reprieve from our email blues by giving us a simple way to send and receive messages through a clean user interface and with a top-notch spam filter to help keep unwanted junk from reaching our inboxes. More →
Ten years ago today on April Fool’s Day 2004, Google launched Gmail, the game-changing email service that was anything but a joke. When Google launched Gmail, it revolutionized the way people use email. It launched with 1GB of free storage and encouraged people to archive e-mails instead of deleting them. This was a major improvement over the 2MB limit on Hotmail, which frequently forced people to decide which emails to delete when they hit their limit. More →
People concerned with online privacy had a field day last week when it was discovered that Microsoft accessed a French blogger’s Hotmail account and read his emails in order to assess his involvement with an alleged theft of Windows trade secrets. As numerous reports pointed out, Microsoft’s Hotmail and Outlook.com terms give the company the right to access and read users’ emails, and bloggers lashed out at Microsoft as a result. As it turns out, however, Microsoft isn’t the only tech giant that reserves the right to read your private correspondence. More →
Google is starting to get serious about making sure your Gmail messages are secure. The company announced on Thursday that it is making all Gmail messages go through an encrypted HTTPS connection that will prevent anyone else from reading them but their intended recipient. Google has made HTTPS its default setting for users since 2010 but it’s apparently decided to make it the only option in the wake of the massive NSA spying scandal revealed by leaker Edward Snowden last year. More →