How to use Secure HTTPS with Gmail Notifier

Jul 12, 2007 - 3 Comments

Gmail Notifier is a great little utility that lets you know when you have mail in your Gmail inbox. What I have always disliked about it though is the apparent lack of the ability to use the secure https protocol. If you’re on public networks, this can be a particularly valid concern for privacy and security. Well, thanks to a great tip at, that is no longer an issue! Here are five easy steps to setup Gmail Notifier to use the much more secure https protocol:

  1. Pull down the Gmail Notifier menu
  2. Hold down Command+Option keys, and click Preferences
  3. Now you will see a hidden settings editor
  4. In the key field, enter SecureAlways – exactly as shown, and a 1 in the Value field
  5. Click “Set”, now quit Gmail Notifier and start it again, now all your connections will be through https!

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Posted by: Bill Ellis in Customize, Mac OS X, Security, Tips & Tricks, Utilities


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  1. William Wallace says:

    You can also do this through the Terminal like by typing:

    defaults write SecureAlways -string 1

  2. Zamgar says:

    the terminal tip didn’t work for me

    but, otherwise this is a great tip and should be on by DEFAULT but google is not worried about security

  3. anon says:

    That is a great tip. Well, Zamgar, I thought this too for awhile but I think that they use mixed encryption, so when they send passwords, etc. that’s encrypted, but the normal stuff is not. But I too would rather have encrypted everything. I’d encrypt my Christmas cards, if I could.

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