On Gmail? Here’s how to prevent ‘anyone on Google+’ from being able to email you

James Whatley

Have you heard the news? Google just launched a new Gmail ‘feature’ that basically allows anyone to email you if they know your Google+ handle.


Given that your Google+ handle nearly pretty much has to be your full name, the potential for abuse here is not insignificant.

Fortunately (for you) there’s a handy way to get around this and you can thank Mr Will Oremus for the tip off. Ready?

And that’s that. Why oh why Google think this is a good idea, I don’t know. Alas, there it is. Question for you, dear reader, will you be adjusting your settings? Or will you be leaving ‘as is’? Which way and why. Leave a comment and let me know. I’m intrigued.


Update: Further clarification from a Google employee makes light of this. I guess the difference between having your contact details on your website and Google making you email-able by anyone on Google+ is that Google didn’t make the decision in the first instance, you did.


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2 Responses to “On Gmail? Here’s how to prevent ‘anyone on Google+’ from being able to email you”

  1. Bernie Goldbach Says:

    Call me trusting but I believe Google’s spam filters are potent enough to keep my inbox clean.


  2. Rachel Says:

    I’m considering this. My email is public on my website so any one can already email me, so there’s no difference there. The risk I see is if it’s going to be used for spam mails, will be keeping an eye out.


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