Gmail... safe?

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  1. gracie123

    gracie123 Registered Member

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    Solved! Thank you everyone :D

    Hello,

    I've stayed away from making a Google Mail or Gmail account because when it first came out, I heard rumors that Google spys on your email, or does something and its a security and/or privacy hazard.

    Can anyone tell me if its safe, and if the rumors I heard are false or true...?

    Thanks so much, I'd appreciate all the replies I can get :)

    Gracie
     
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    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    I use gmail every day and have not had a problem with them at all. I have had an account with gmail for quite a while.
     
  3. gracie123

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    Hi Bigc,

    Ok sounds good.

    Any other opinions from the people here at Wilders? :)
     
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    I use several online email services including Gmail. Nothing important is contained in those emails.
    For that, I use the telephone. [Not sure if that's safe] :D
     
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    Hi everyone...

    Okay, I will check those links.

    I am having trouble... I signed up and verified my other email address and now when I try to access Gmail, its asking me for my username and password. Well, I never came across a field on where I can choose my username.

    Can anyone help me please? :)

    Thanks!!
     
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    Thanks, :)
     
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    You're welcome.
     
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    I have signed up for and tested dozens of free emails. This is all moot now thanks to Gmail and Yahoo mail. I have never received one single spam email in either account.
     
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    I only uses Yahoomail and mail.com. Haven't tried yet Gmail, but still new... so I have to wait till it becomes more "safer".
     
  12. 1. Google's immortal cookie:
    Google was the first search engine to use a cookie that expires in 2038. This was at a time when federal websites were prohibited from using persistent cookies altogether. Now it's years later, and immortal cookies are commonplace among search engines; Google set the standard because no one bothered to challenge them. This cookie places a unique ID number on your hard disk. Anytime you land on a Google page, you get a Google cookie if you don't already have one. If you have one, they read and record your unique ID number.

    2. Google records everything they can:
    For all searches they record the cookie ID, your Internet IP address, the time and date, your search terms, and your browser configuration. Increasingly, Google is customizing results based on your IP number. This is referred to in the industry as "IP delivery based on geolocation."

    3. Google retains all data indefinitely:
    Google has no data retention policies. There is evidence that they are able to easily access all the user information they collect and save.

    4. Google won't say why they need this data:
    Inquiries to Google about their privacy policies are ignored. When the New York Times (2002-11-2:cool: asked Sergey Brin about whether Google ever gets subpoenaed for this information, he had no comment.

    5. Google hires spooks:
    Matt Cutts, a key Google engineer, used to work for the National Security Agency. Google wants to hire more people with security clearances, so that they can peddle their corporate assets to the spooks in Washington.

    6. Google's toolbar is spyware:
    With the advanced features enabled, Google's free toolbar for Explorer phones home with every page you surf, and yes, it reads your cookie too. Their privacy policy confesses this, but that's only because Alexa lost a class-action lawsuit when their toolbar did the same thing, and their privacy policy failed to explain this. Worse yet, Google's toolbar updates to new versions quietly, and without asking. This means that if you have the toolbar installed, Google essentially has complete access to your hard disk every time you connect to Google (which is many times a day). Most software vendors, and even Microsoft, ask if you'd like an updated version. But not Google. Any software that updates automatically presents a massive security risk.

    7. Google's cache copy is illegal:
    Judging from Ninth Circuit precedent on the application of U.S. copyright laws to the Internet, Google's cache copy appears to be illegal. The only way a webmaster can avoid having his site cached on Google is to put a "noarchive" meta in the header of every page on his site. Surfers like the cache, but webmasters don't. Many webmasters have deleted questionable material from their sites, only to discover later that the problem pages live merrily on in Google's cache. The cache copy should be "opt-in" for webmasters, not "opt-out."

    8. Google is not your friend:
    By now Google enjoys a 75 percent monopoly for all external referrals to most websites. Webmasters cannot avoid seeking Google's approval these days, assuming they want to increase traffic to their site. If they try to take advantage of some of the known weaknesses in Google's semi-secret algorithms, they may find themselves penalized by Google, and their traffic disappears. There are no detailed, published standards issued by Google, and there is no appeal process for penalized sites. Google is completely unaccountable. Most of the time Google doesn't even answer email from webmasters.

    9. Google is a privacy time bomb:
    With 200 million searches per day, most from outside the U.S., Google amounts to a privacy disaster waiting to happen. Those newly-commissioned data-mining bureaucrats in Washington can only dream about the sort of slick efficiency that Google has already achieved.
     
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