No doubt you have heard of and are probably well acquainted with Gmail. It’s an email interface most of us have used. You may be less familiar with Google’s “other” email offer: Inbox
What makes it better than Gmail?
It’s much faster at reading/processing emails than Gmail, especially when it comes to newsletters. Inbox provides you a quick summary of the newsletter before you even open it. What exactly makes it better or different to Gmail?
- Inbox groups (or bundles) emails in a far more intuitive way than Gmail. This is especially useful if you receive automated emails that you later simply delete or archive. Inbox allows you to do this with a single swipe or click.
- Integrated into Inbox is a smart reminder system. For example, if you receive an email that you need to deal with, but not at this time, simply “snooze” the email until the time or place (yes, location is another new option in Inbox) and it will reappear in your Inbox then, or in the case of a location choice, when you arrive at that location.
- Inbox has smart replies built in. Have a look at it in action below:
Thought has been given to the layout of all emails on mobile as well as computers. You’ll find the interface different, but also familiar if you are familiar with using Google services.
How do I use it?
It’s simple, just visit Inbox while you are logged into your Gmail account and you will be on your way.
To see what Google themselves have to say about Inbox, visit this page: www.google.com.au/inbox/ and take the time to watch the video they have put together. There are a number of other features we have not touched on in this post, so let us know if you would like to hear more about a particular feature and we’ll be happy to explain.
It seems likely in time Gmail will evolve into Inbox, or the features will be integrated. So there is no better time to see the future of Gmail/Inbox.
Instead of typing your password each time you sign in to your Google Account, you can have a prompt sent to your phone.
Security is important, but constantly having to type your password and enter your 2FA (you know, those codes that change every 30 mins) code can be tedious. You already have 2FA enabled I’m sure, but what about this new feature released by Google today? How does this work? Is it secure? How do you enable it?
How does it work?
You simply tap the notification on your phone from Google to confirm, and you’ll be signed in quickly and securely. If your phone isn’t nearby, you can select “Use your password instead” on the sign-in screen.
Is it secure?
Yes. It’s a second factor authentication. Google knows if you are logged in using your phone, and this only works with phones that have either a passcode or fingerprint lock enabled.
I want it, how do I make it happen?
Simply follow the steps in the Google guide: Sign in with your phone instead of a password You will need to ensure you have the “Google Search” app installed, however most of you will already have that installed on your Android or iPhone.
Another simple guide from Google is here: New settings for 2-Step Verification
It is a secure two factor authentication process
Do it! Let us know how you go or if you have any questions.
First of all, what even is SSL/HTTPS?
You can read the nitty-gritty over on Wikipedia if you like, but basically SSL/HTTPS refers to a secure connection to a website. You will have seen it being used on many other websites. A (usually) green padlock icon next to the domain name you are visiting (lookup and see it on our site) indicates the website is using SSL/HTTPS and that your connection to the site is secure. It’s becoming more and more common on websites, even those without a login section.
Why should you ?
- Visitors are assured that they can browse your website with the traffic between their browser and your website being encrypted. ie no one can intercept the connection. This is especially important if your website is one that allows you to manage your website via a login.
- Google cares. SSL/HTTPS sites are used as a ranking mechanism by Google. Read the details here: HTTPS as a ranking signal This means that having a SSL/HTTPS website could mean you will be better ranked on Google. Do you need any more reasons not to go SSL/HTTPS?
- There are other reasons, but the 2 above are the ones you should care about the most.
It’s not as complicated as you may think. SSL/HTTPS can be enabled on most websites for free. These days SSL certificates can be obtained for free that are just as strong and secure as those that would have cost hundreds of dollars only a few years ago. If you host with us and you don’t have SSL/HTTPS enabled yet, please contact us and in most cases we will be able to make it happen for you.
If you have any other questions about SSL/HTTPS please let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them in the comments below.
Edit: an update from Google on this subject makes it even more important your website is using SSL/HTTPS asap.