As of today, Gmail will be using https for all traffic. Since 2010, Google has had htttps be the default, but today they have required its use with gmail. This is pretty related, at least thematically, to the Schneier video we watched in class recently. In that video, Schneier had said, in response to a question specifically about e-mail encryption, that the way that encryption would be most useful is for everybody to use it. Google has now taken that step, forcing their users to use encryption when dealing with their mail. This is beneficial, as now there won’t be people standing out by using encryption, which could make them a target, nor will people risk sending sensitive data over plaintext as a sort of “hide in plain sight” technique.