The latest Gmail update looks like a desperate attempt made by Google to force its users to visit their Google+ social media accounts once in a while.
Random strangers on Google Plus – who you might have never exchanged email addresses – will now be able to send emails to your Gmail, according to a new post on the Official Gmail Blog.
Apart from you Gmail contacts, you will have your Google+ connections as recipients when you are composing a new email.
However, if you are a huge proponent of privacy and do not like receiving such emails, you shouldn’t worry at all because it can be fixed.
First of all, the strangers will not be able to access your Gmail address until and unless you respond.
"Your email address isn't visible to a Google+ connection unless you send that person an email, and likewise, that person’s email address isn’t visible to you unless they send you an email," writes David Nachum, Product Manager at Google.
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Secondly, you can control whether people can reach you this way by changing your settings. (See image below)
The new Gmail update may not be as bothersome as the previous ones, however after Google acknowledged last year that it scans emails to sell content to advertisers, it has become a little difficult for users to cope with new and/or abrupt privacy changes.
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