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19 August 2008 @ 03:53 pm
GMail Users - Please Read  
Via sdwolfpup:

A hacking tool was released that automates the attack of an existing Gmail vulnerability. Because it makes it much easier to do when it's automated, it's much more likely that people will use it to ill effect. In order to protect yourself, please do the following:

1. Log into your GMail account
2. Go into Settings (click 'Settings' in the upper right-hand corner)
3. Under the first tab ('General'), scroll to the bottom of the screen where it says "Browser Connection"
4. Select "Always use https"
5. Click 'Save Changes'
6. Log out of your account and then back in to have it take effect

For further information on why, see this article.

There are other security suggestions in the comments that are worth reading as well, even if you don't use GMail at all.

eta: Thanks to tarzanic for this new info:

Gmail Notifier users will need to install a patch once they switch to always use https.
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cortexiphan juice boxhollywoodgrrl on August 19th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this!
tarzanic on August 19th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks; I'll be passing this on.

If it's of any interest, the info is also on slashdot: http://it.slashdot.org/it/08/08/19/1433206.shtml

ETA: Gmail Notifier users will need to install a patch once they switch to always use https: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=9429

Edited at 2008-08-19 09:46 pm (UTC)
Kaz: Right On (John)kazbaby on August 19th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I just updated the original post about the patch.
Avenue Potter: Farscapeavenuepotter on August 19th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks dude!!!
Avenue Potter: Henryavenuepotter on August 19th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
PS - We just received notification from the post office that a large envelope came in the mail for you.
Kaz: Oh Fuck (Cameron)kazbaby on August 19th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Oh shit! I know what that is! I was expecting a drawing from ScorpSik (one of Ben kissing Micheal Shanks), when she said she had my address I didn't even think that she had my address when I lived with you. Is there anyway it could be forwarded to me?

And thank you so much for letting me know about the package. I've been looking for it since the 10th and was worried about it.

Edited at 2008-08-19 11:49 pm (UTC)
Avenue Potteravenuepotter on August 20th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
I have to go to the post office to pick it up - I hope they'll let me - it's my address, but it's in your name. They left me a "FINAL NOTICE" card. When the frell was the FIRST NOTICE?? Sheesh! The notice says they'll return to sender by the 26th if I don't pick it up by then. *crossing fingers that they'll release it to me* - the post office likes to check ID's. Wish me luck!
Kazkazbaby on August 20th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
I wonder why the change of address thing I'd filled out didn't work this time? Perhaps if you just told them that I'd moved and give them my current address they'll simply forward it.
Avenue Potteravenuepotter on August 20th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Change of address only works for about 3 months. It's expired by now. . .
Kazkazbaby on August 20th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
well damn, i didn't know that.
Avenue Potteravenuepotter on August 22nd, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
You're in luck (and so am I and ScorpSik) - the post office agreed to forward your package along to you in Florida free of charge. YAY! I say lucky me because I thought that if they DID release it to me, I'd have to pay to re-ship it out to you. And of course lucky ScorpSik, because the package wasn't returned for re-shipment! YAY! Yesterday was a GOOD day.

Today should be good too! Fizvo and I are going out to a water park to celebrate that end of my first quarter of classes with a bunch of others from my school at a significantly reduced rate ($10 freakin' dollars!)
lemonbombs: thumbsup_BNLlem0nb0mbs on August 19th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
thanks for the update!
chocolatyshatnr: VB - A-OK!chocolatyshatnr on August 21st, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up!
Sid: due Southsidlj on August 21st, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly!