"We've added an option to Settings to always use https. If you don't regularly log in via unencrypted wireless connections at coffee shops or airports or college dorms, then you might not need this additional layer of security. But if you want to always use https, then this setting makes it super easy. Whenever you forget to type https://mail.google.com, we'll add the https for you. If you already have the https URL bookmarked, using this setting will ensure you access your account via https even when you don't use your bookmark. Any http link to Gmail (for example, the one at the top of Google.com) will be automatically redirected to https."With the increase of families setting up wireless networks at home, Digger's tip of the day is most appropriate.
October 8 Tip of the Day
"If you are logging into gmail from a wireless network, start at
https://gmail.com, rather than http://gmail.com, to make it harder for other people to read your email."
Note: As of the Google July posting, Google Toolbar and other Google apps were not yet compatible with https.