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How to prevent random people on G+ from emailing you: opting out of Google's creepy new system

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How to prevent random people on G+ from emailing you: opting out of Google's creepy new system

Google's incessant G+ push reached a creepy level today, as the search giant devised a way for random folks present on its social network to get messages on your Gmail address without even having it. If you haven't received a new email from Google on your phone or tablet's Gmail app, you will be soon, and it will basically inform you that now you can send Gmails to Google+ connections, which will appear when you type in the email's address bar. 

There's a flip side to this, of course, as anyone can send you emails, too, and that can potentially become a pretty annoying feature, though the sender won't see your actual email address, unless you respond to them.

If you are looking for a way out of it on your mobile device, don't, as despite having a link to settings for opting out, the ones you need can be found only if your access the desktop version of Gmail. So, go to your computer, and do the following, if you want none of it:

  1. Go in your Gmail account
  2. How to prevent random people on G+ from emailing you: opting out of Google's creepy new system
    Click the gear at the top right corner of the screen to access the Settings option.
  3. You should be in the "General" tab of the Settings menu by default, click on it if you aren't.
  4. Go down the screen until you see the new "Email via Google+ section," which looks like this:

How to prevent random people on G+ from emailing you: opting out of Google's creepy new system

5. In the drop-down menu you will see the four options above - Anyone on Google+, Extended circles, Circles or No one - with the default being Anyone, which we don't really want. From here, just choose No one, click the "Save Changes" button at the very end, and that's that.

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posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:05 2

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Damn Google, you scary!

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:12 2

2. NexusPhan (Posts: 429; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Mine was set to circles only by default. I feel like this is exactly how it should be. Emailing is no different in any way than sending a G+ message, which Google allowed long before this was announced.
Also, awesome family guy reference.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:11 1

6. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3334; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


A big company that has more information on you than you do on yourself is scary.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:05 1

12. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1579; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


So paranoid, oh no Google please don't use my info to help meeee. Go live under a rock you cretin.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:48 2

3. ravi5695 (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


its really not annoying. . I think it's a very very useful feature. . +1 to Google for providing such great feature.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:05 1

4. McLTE (Posts: 646; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


until some jack-hole starts spamming random G+ people with advertisements for Viagra...

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 14:25 2

15. boosook (Posts: 950; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Messages are put in a separate folder, so it's not a problem, and anyway you can disable the feature…

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:10 1

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3334; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I am so sick of Google and their persistence on pushing their inferior social networking onto consumers along with invading our privacy. If I get one email from a G+ person, I'm filing a complaint with as many government agencies as I can.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:15 2

8. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


And why is it inferior? I have zero ads in the general interface. I doubt anyone can say that about Facebook.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 13:53 2

13. ePoch270 (Posts: 91; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Yeah, because if you want to keep your data private, giving it to Government Agencies are a good place to start. /s

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 08:36 1

23. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


what dont u want them to find ?

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 10:58

24. ePoch270 (Posts: 91; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Nothing. I couldn't care less. I was just making a rhetorical comment towards mxtl... whatever.

I have always operated under the belief that isp provide everything to the feds and have cor many years.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 21:47 2

19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2120; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Sometimes I wonder if it is possible for you to be an even bigger idiot than you already are & you always prove that you can. You're going to file a complaint with as many government agencies as you can & tell them what? You got an e-mail from someone? Believe it or not, it's not illegal to e-mail someone. The only situation I can think of where it might be is after you opt-out of something & the proper amount of time has passed. If you're so sick of Google, go somewhere very, very far away where no one can find you & there are no technological items to be found. Then & only then might you be actually rid of Google. If not, STFU because no gives a S H I T.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 07:54

21. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Mxy is just a troll, he has been on here for a long time spreading misinformation...

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:14 2

7. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Uh, according to the blog page, a person can only send one message and that's it, plus it goes to the social inbox.

As it is, the general public can't see my profile anyhow, so they can't email me as it is.

NON ISSUE.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:25 1

9. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


You do have the option of choosing whether or not to continue receiving emails from anyone emailing you through your profile. It's not like any one profile on G+ can just flood you with emails.

I'm going to leave this option on by default. If I get too many unwanted emails, I'll turn it off later.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:39

10. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Which is fine, because anyone in my circles or following is fine if they email me. I follow Jolla and Cyangenomod, could care less if they emailed me, but I think for them it is far easier to just post as it is (kinda going backwards with email really).

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:47 1

11. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Don't be creepy.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 13:54 1

14. ePoch270 (Posts: 91; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Don't be hyperbolic.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 15:30 1

16. buccob (Posts: 1372; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


This article started to seem like if it was from Alan F.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 16:15 1

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1312; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


All of these companies are trading our info. When I first signed up for my hotmail account around 5 years ago, the first 10 or so emails I got were spam, and I hadn't even given the address out for a week. Now that and my old Yahoo email are my throwaway accounts. I've never gotten any spam on my gmail account, and I've had that for 4 years. While I don't agree with what Google is doing (I don't do any of the social media BS) so far the worst I've seen is targeted ads, but none of it in my email.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 21:39

18. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


Daniel
I didn't creat/join Google+ and I can't find "Email via Google+" section. So, I don't have to do anything?
FYI: I did join it once before, but disable it very soon after. I guess, it lasted only for a few weeks.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 00:44

20. makio9 (Posts: 47; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


I don't find it creepy.

Prior to today I found it idiotic that I couldn't talk to somebody I didn't know on Google+ *social media* unless I commented on one of their posts (which they are never going to see)

There's been at least ten cases I really wanted to report something to the owner, but couldn't.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 07:59 1

22. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This feature is not available on either of my accounts...gosh darn...anyways - for those whining about Google, you should take a look at what Microsoft does. In general, if you use the internet, then your information can be found and used, no matter what you do, and if someone really wants it - those are the facts, jack....

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