Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) mode gives your gmail account added security. Your gmail account is in the SSL mode if the URL has the “https” protocol instead of the normal “http”. By default gmail does not load in Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) mode. What are the benefits of being in the SSL mode anyway? In my observation, SSL mode makes my gmail account as secured as PayPal. For example if you leaved your email opened after several minutes, it would automatically sign out. Also, after a gmail window(s) is closed, your account automatically closes and you need to log in again in order to access your inbox. So if you forgot to sign out your gmail account, you are assured that it will automatically sign out after several minutes or after you closed the opened gmail windows. However, techy people say that there is nothing hacker-proof. The following instructions/illustrations teach you how to make gmail default to SSL mode.
1.Type in to your browser the URL: http://www.gmail.com or simply www.gmail.com. Enter your username without the @gmail.com, your password, and press enter.
2.Click SETTINGS found at the upper right hand corner of your gmail window.
3.Under SETTINGS, click GENERAL.
4.Under GENERAL, scroll down until you find the BROWSER CONNECTION option. Choose ALWAYS USE HTTPS. Click SAVE SETTINGS and you’re done.