Gmail News: Review Forwarding and Delegation Settings, Get Others to Switch
Article by George Norman
On 28 Jul 2011
Here are a couple of news from Google's email service Gmail. The first one is that if you use Gmail’s forward or delegation features, you will be presented with a prompt to review the settings for the aforementioned features. As Product Manager Saurabh Sharma explained, this is meant to ensure that you did not forget about the forwarding settings you enabled years ago.

“It can be pretty easy to forget about all the settings we’ve enabled years earlier. So, for about the next week, if you use Gmail's forwarding or delegation features you’ll see a message at the top of your inbox each time you sign in. The notice asks you to review your settings and confirm they’re still what you want,” explained Sharma.

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Google will display the notification for about a week. Please note that when reviewing your settings, if you notice that your email is forwarded to one or multiple unfamiliar accounts, this could mean that your Gmail account has been compromised. What you should do is change your password immediately.

Moving on, the second news is that Google would like you to help others switch to Gmail. As you may already know, by using Gmail you can send out invites to your friends and ask them to move to Gmail. Google has taken the “let’s get them to switch” effort one step further and has set up a special webpage at With the help of the site you can stage an email intervention and get your friends to switch to Gmail.

According to Product Marketing Manager Peter Harbison, staging an intervention is a simple 4-step process:
1 – Visit
2 – Sign in and automatically identify who from your contacts has yet to make the switch, or just enter a friend’s email address manually.
3 –Choose from one of three intervention message templates (“straightforward”, “concerned” or “ embarrassed”), and add your own intervention video if you’d like.
4 – Send a customized email and follow up as needed.

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