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Thread poster: xxxRobschmidt
xxxRobschmidt
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Mar 12, 2005

A few colleagues were saying the other day that the newly introduced but very attractive GMAIL service is not particularly reliable as people have access to your mailboxes and the security of a Gamail account is in question.

Frankly the argument was not very convincing but I would want users of this service to give their opinions. Is there any substance in this at all??


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Gabriela Tenenbaum  Identity Verified
Uruguay
Local time: 14:29
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What they say about it. Mar 13, 2005

Don't know if it's the ultimate truth but here is what THEY say about it:

http://gmail.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?topic=43

http://gmail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=6599

Though is not my favourite, I also have an account and never had any problem.

Best regards,
Gaby.

[Edited at 2005-03-13 17:58]


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Catherine Bolton  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:29
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Happy user Mar 13, 2005

I've been using gmail since last summer and have never had a problem.
FWIW,
Catherine


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xxxRobschmidt
English to German
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so am I but......... Mar 13, 2005

Catherine, I too am very satisfied with the service so far but any kind of suspicion tends to put you off! isnt it??

I was told by some that the Gmail mailboxes can be accessed by searching on google and that would really be an invasion into one's privacy. It is indeed disturbing something of that sort.

I just hope all this ISNT TRUE


cbolton wrote:

I've been using gmail since last summer and have never had a problem.
FWIW,
Catherine


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GoodWords  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 12:29
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Google says not Mar 14, 2005

Robschmidt wrote:

I was told by some that the Gmail mailboxes can be accessed by searching on google and that would really be an invasion into one's privacy. It is indeed disturbing something of that sort.


A page pointed to by of the links posted by Gabriela speaks directly to this concern:
http://gmail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=7994&topic=43

Will my Gmail messages appear in Google Search results?

Answer: No. The contents of your email are never included as Google Search results. Google takes the security of your email information extremely seriously. No humans read the contents of Gmail user messages without explicit permission, or in circumstances other than those outlined in our privacy policy.


I suppose the people who told you Google searches will access Gmail mailboxes must believe that Google is not telling the truth...

Nevertheless, if Google's statement were not true, it would soon become evident.

[Edited at 2005-03-15 14:47]


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Mary Lalevee  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 18:29
French to English
Opening a Gmail account Mar 14, 2005

How do you open an account? It sounds great but the site says it's only testing and it doesn't seem possible to open an account.

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Dan Schioenning Larsen
Romania
Local time: 20:29
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By invitation Mar 14, 2005

Mary Lalevée wrote:

How do you open an account? It sounds great but the site says it's only testing and it doesn't seem possible to open an account.


So far Google is only adding new members by invitation. I have had an account for a while and have now gotten 50 invitations to hand out.

If you or anyone else would like one, please email me at

dan.s.larsen@gmail.com

Dan


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gad
United States
Local time: 13:29
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I've never had any problems Mar 15, 2005

I have heard the supposed potential problems - and appreciate any warnings - but haven't run into any problems myself.

BTW, I think I still have 4 invitations for Gmail, just in case someone does want them (first come, first served). Just go ahead and email me through my Proz.com profile, thanks.


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Robert Fong  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 01:29
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I like the new features of gmail Mar 21, 2005

Gmail has the POP3 function and the notifier, which are really appealing to me. I have 47 invitations remaining. If anyone wants one, feel free to email me.

[Edited at 2005-03-21 11:25]


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