secure GMail Notifier

October 15, 2007

As you might have noticed, GMail Notifier uses the url http://mail.google.com/mail to access your personal mailbox.

This is quite annoying for who cares about security.

Here is a simple hack to make it use the secure url https://mail.google.com/mail.
(it works for the Windows version – for the Mac version there is already a solution).

  1. create a backup copy of gnotifier.exe (usually in c:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier);
  2. open gnotifier.exe with an hex editor (emacs hexl-find-file will do);
  3. find the string http://mail.google.com/mail and substitute it with https://mail.google.com/mail;
  4. save the file;
  5. close any running GMail Notifier and launch it again.

yes, it is as simple as that.

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