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How to Stop Google+ Users You Do Not Know From Emailing You

Recently Google has added a new feature to Gmail that allows Gmail users to email anyone on Google+ even if they do not have their email address. So basically anyone with a Gmail account can email anyone on Google+ even if they do not have your email address. This might sound convenient to some but to me this looks like an easy way for spammers to send you messages without even having your email address; all they need to do is find and connect to you on Google+.

Now personally I do not want anyone emailing me unless I know them and I gave them my email address. So this is how you can specify who is allowed to email you and who isn’t.

  1. Go to the General Tab in your Gmail settings.
  2. Scroll down to the option labeled “Email via Google+”
  3. The drop-down allows you to select the option you prefer.
    “Circles” – Only allows people in your circles to email you
    “Extended Circles” – Allows friends of your friends to email you.
    “Anyone on Google+” – Allows everyone on Google+ to email you.
    “No One” – As the option implies blocks everyone from emailing you.
  4. Now just scroll down and click on “Save Changes”

It is that simple. Google is in the process of trying to integrate all of their services into Google+ and this is just another example of that process. Whether this feature is useful to you or not really depends on how you use Google+. I suggest you at least check the setting in your account because I have heard stories of it being set to “Circles” by default and also “Anyone on Google+” from various people

By Al LaPeter

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