Jan 10, 2014

How to disable Google+ users’ ability to send email to my Gmail account?

I’m not sure that I like Google’s new “feature” that will allow strangers to use Google+ to send me potentially unwanted emails. Can I turn this off?

Google+ Email Changes: How To Opt Out

"While this feature is automatically enabled for all users, you can opt out. Visit your Gmail settings and click the General tab.

Find the setting Email via Google+ and click the drop-down menu. You can choose to receive email from anyone on Google+ -- which is the automatic setting -- extended circles, circles, or no one. Select your preference and click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

This update is Google's latest push to integrate Google+ further with its suite of products. Most recently, Google required users to join Google+ in order to comment on YouTube videos, a move that rankled many users of the video site."

Yes, you can opt out, but honestly it is not that big of a deal. People are limited to a single email to your Gmail account from Google+, so there is no easy way for someone to spam you with a lot of emails. In fact, I think it makes more sense to leave it active for this reason. It's seems that anything Google makes a change, the automatic response is to freak out. Sometimes it is justified I suppose, but not so much this time.

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