How to Use Secure HTTPS with Gmail Notifier

Jul 12, 2007 - 3 Comments

Gmail as default email

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!

Check out Gmail Notifier here


Enjoy this tip? Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox! Enter your email address below:

Related articles:

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


» Comments RSS Feed

  1. 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.

  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. William Wallace says:

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

    defaults write SecureAlways -string 1

Leave a Reply


Shop on and help support OSXDaily!

Subscribe to OSXDaily

Subscribe to RSS Subscribe to Twitter Feed Follow on Facebook Subscribe to eMail Updates

Tips & Tricks


iPhone / iPad



Shop on Amazon to help support this site