Last Friday Google launched its latest feature which allows any Gmail user with a Google+ account to send emails to any person (without actually knowing their email address) they have circled (friended) on Google+, who also has a Gmail account.
When a Gmail user starts to type in the name of the contact they are wanting to email, they will receive suggestions based on previous email contacts and also Google+ connections, as long as the person remains opted in to receiving emails via this method.
Google+ has included four different privacy options for this service and following in the footsteps of Facebook, set the default to be ‘Anyone on Google+’; the most invasive privacy setting of the lot.
How to opt out
Login to your Gmail account.
Click on the cog symbol located on the top right-hand-side of your screen and click ‘Settings’ from the drop down menu.
Click on the ‘General’ tab if it isn’t already selected and scroll down until you find ‘Email via Google+’.
You will notice this is currently set to ‘Anyone on Google+’. My recommendation is to switch this to ‘No One’. Select this option from the drop down menu and then scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Save Changes’.
Now that you have opted out, don’t forget to share this information with your friends.