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  • Joe 08:32 on January 25, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: gmail, Google Apps, , security   

    Google apps secure connection 

    Update Feb 10: Google is listening to their critical users and takes their responsibility serious, it appears!

    Today I discovered that they did not only restore the “always use https” setting in gmail, but there is now a global switch on the Apps for your domain settings page as well. Ironically, the associated help page still tells you that this is a “premier edition only feature “.

    Now that is a big improvement, thank you Google!

    Domain settings: always use SSL

    Apps for your domain: DomainSettings: always use SSL

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  • Joe 23:22 on January 24, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: business model, downturn, free, Google Apps, Https   

    The end of free, also for Google? 

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    Just like with the downturn around year 2001, many formerly free web apps start charging for their services, and sometimes quite significant amounts. For instance, the first payed tier of Getsatisfaction costs now $49 per month, still significant for a start-up. Not to criticize GSFN, we love the service as we use it for Twones, but this is clearly becoming a trend.

    In times of economic downturn it is either getting paid or getting bust.

    More surprising is a silent change in the options for Google Apps when you sign up for a new account (new domain).

    A year ago, the free product allowed you to add 100 users (or emails), now 50.

    And the webmail product was almost like the free gmail product. Specifically, you should specify that connections always use SSL (secure https rather than standard http). This is now gone, you have to pay $50,- per user per year now to use secure connections.

    This surprises me, considered that there are urgent reports warning that you should use the https option for gmail, which attracts more and more black hat hackers due to its high popularity.

    Oh, and $50 is a bit much of a price tag for members of my family who just want to check their email every so often…

    Update: a bit of googling learns that I’m not the only one who noticed…

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