Friday, January 10, 2014

Alert: Gmail update: Reach more people you know

It appears Google has now given Google+ users the ability to spam others and you don't need to do a thing. I find it almost unbelievable (OK perhaps not unbelievable) that companies like Google simply introduce features that default to fully on and not off.

I get it. If Google (or Facebook, any any of the big services) introduce a new feature chances are almost no one will use them. In effect the features fail because no one is really interested. However if you default to the feature being on then most people are pretty lazy and will leave the feature on. Thus the feature is an instant success. At least in their eyes.

Google has just opened the doors to instant spamming Gmail users. I really don't care to be part of Google's Google+ service but somewhere along the way I probably needed something and enabled it. Short of dumping Google (which I'd love to do but they have services I need to use for practical reasons) I have a Gmail account. Thus now if I did nothing anyone with a Google+ account can send me an email. Yes that's potentially a world of spammers. They don't even need to already know me.

As you can see this new setting in your Gmail account allows anyone on Google+ to email you via your Google+ profile. If you don't want unwanted emails from people you don't know (or perhaps I should say more emails) then turn the feature off.

Go to your settings in your Gmail account.
Select the General tab
The ninth setting is Email via Google+
Change the setting as you see fit.

In my case I really don't want anyone to contact me via Google+ so my choice is 'No one'.

The click on Save changes.

If you know someone that uses Gmail pass a on link to these instructions. Chances are if they need your assistance to know of this change they won't know it has happened and won''t realise why. Yes Google has just sent out an email to their users, but who really reads their emails anyway, let alone understand the implications of what they are doing.

Gone are the days when companies appeared to provide services for their customer's needs. But then again we use to pay for the services, so it is all part of the compromise. As they say 'we are the product'.

Kelvin Eldridge
Call: 0415 910 703

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