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Securing Gmail & Google Apps

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Google claims that China has accessed gmail accounts amongst other things:

Third, as part of this investigation but independent of the attack on Google, we have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties. These accounts have not been accessed through any security breach at Google, but most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on the users' computers.

In response Google has made https access the default for gmail and is recommending some basic steps for users:

In terms of individual users, we would advise people to deploy reputable anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on their computers, to install patches for their operating systems and to update their web browsers.

However, I doubt that standard anti-virus would have stopped the targeted attacks (youtube) that China used.  A more secure approach would be to use Google Apps for your Domain combined with two-factor authentication, so I'm taking this opportunity to point out that the WiKID Strong Authentication System includes support for Google SAML out of the box.

 

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