Gmail has supported secure connections for a long time. The old but cumbersome way to get a secure connection was to type in https://gmail.com instead of http://gmail.com.
The problem with that was that most of the time users don’t actually type in the part of the URL that comes before gmail.com. This left Gmail transmitting the contents of all email in the clear across the Internet. (The log in process, including your Google name and password, has always been handled securely.)
Recently Gmail has added a new option to have it conduct all its transactions securely. You can set this up in 4 steps.
1. Log in to your Gmail account.
2. Click the Settings link on the upper right corner of your Gmail screen.
3. The General tab should now be open in your Settings. Scroll to the bottom of this page to the option called Browser connection and select Always use https.
4. Click the Save Changes button and you’re done.
From now on, no matter which computer you log into Gmail from, it will use a secure connection for everything. Sweet!