Google is at large… patching their popular mail service with latest security updates and what not. However after recent patches I’ve observed certain behaviors, now as long as I know there is a thumb rule to avoid while planning your application security i.e. never screw up your features to provide better security modal, rather improvise on the implementation front and provide Feature + Security.
This time Google has baffled me, I don’t know whether it has to do anything with a recent news leak in middle east, where some caching at ISP Side, allowed a user to see some other user’s A/C data, or maybe it is to prevent some niche XSS attacks crafted against the Search Giant’s mail service. Personally I use Gmail all the times as I find it quiet faster, lighter and most importantly superior than its counter parts, so I have multiple A/Cs on Gmail. One of them is widely user with Friends while another is strictly for business purposes. On both of them chat is enabled so I don’t have to rely on Gtalk whenever I need to chat. I saw this strange thing few weeks back, if on a single computer, I login to one A/C say A/C A, at first my chat will be enabled, the moment I launch A/C B, the chat applet in A/C A will die and will start working for A/C B, if I do a page refresh in A/C A, then A/C B chat will be gone with the wind. Now I know many of Gmail lovers will start jumping saying.. oh..its a feature.. you don’t know..and blah blah blah… for me…ITZ A BUG….