By Tham Yuen-C
When you are using a public computer, you should make sure your Gmail account is secure.
Gmail has a secure socket layer feature that automatically encrypts your Gmail connection and activities. That means mischief-makers cannot hijack the information you are sending, such as e-mail, even if they manage to hack into the public Wi-Fi or non-encrypted network that you are connected to.
To turn on the security feature permanently, log in to your Gmail account, then click on the Settings link. Under the General tab, you will see an option for Browser Connection. Click on "Always use https".
Although this will slow down your Gmail connection slightly, it is well worth it for the added security and peace of mind.
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