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engine

6:07 pm on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google To Begin Multiple Account Sign-In [readwriteweb.com]
If you're anything like us, then you have multiple accounts for multiple purposes. Maybe you have one for your work life and one for your personal life, and even another for another realm of your life. To account for this, Google has begun offering multiple sign-in capabilities, allowing users to sign in to multiple accounts from the same browser.

The feature appears to be rolling out to some users and not others (we have yet to see it), but Google assures users that it is "working hard to enable this feature for everyone".

netmeg

10:39 pm on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Me! Me! I've been begging for this for YEARS.

after_hours

4:55 am on Aug 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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it's about time!

ZeeOne

8:50 am on Aug 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hell yeah! Pick me, pick me!

edit: I'm a chosen one, awesome.

Tropical Island

3:22 pm on Aug 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Really helpful for me.

Can't wait.

What a bother to have to close your main account to see your secondary ones.

curioustoddler

5:29 pm on Aug 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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This is really going to be helpful.

engine

7:43 pm on Aug 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Access two Gmail accounts at once in the same browser [gmailblog.blogspot.com]
I have a couple different Gmail addresses that I use for different purposes. Historically, Google Accounts – including Gmail accounts — have only let people access one account at a time per browser, so using both accounts has been a bit inconvenient. I’ve either had to sign out and sign back in, use a second browser for my second account, or use a Chrome incognito window. And I'm not alone; lots of people have asked us for a better way to use multiple accounts at once in the same browser.

Now, you can visit google.com/accounts and click the link next to "Multiple sign-in." After you sign into your first account, you can sign in with up to two additional accounts from the new accounts menu in the upper right hand corner of Gmail, then easily toggle back and forth between them. You can even open multiple Gmail tabs — one for each of your accounts.

directwheels

8:34 pm on Aug 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thank God. No more using 3 different browsers for 3 different accounts.

J_RaD

8:38 pm on Aug 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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sooooo finally, goog can now know joe doe has 10 gmail accounts and and neatly package all of that data its been collecting on you into one place.

Sgt_Kickaxe

1:15 am on Aug 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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WARNING - when you link accounts or re-use passwords/logins only one needs to get hacked to lose them all. Adsense/Adwords deal with money and thus should NEVER have a shared log in with the likes of youtube, Gmail etc. Google knows this but doesn't care?

I'm not giving Google my phone number to use as a way to contact me if my accounts are hacked or passwords lost but the stupid google popup warning asks for my number nearly every time I use gmail. Does the blatant personal data gathering have no limits?

Lose your cell = lose everything? The account retrieval method is a phone call. Actually - hand it to a lowly paid cell company clerk and...

I can't be the only one not to like the data gathering or question the security of this? Nothing changes. I originally signed up for adsense with a NON gmail account on purpose but Google eventually forced me to use a Gmail account under threat of account closure. I may very well choose account closure if forced to share one login/password combo with everything. I value my privacy.

hal12b

2:18 pm on Aug 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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"No more using 3 different browsers for 3 different accounts." - yes exactly.

hal12b

2:19 pm on Aug 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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ha ha. Somebody overdosed on paranoid pills this morning.

"WARNING - when you link accounts or re-use passwords/logins only one needs to get hacked to lose them all. Adsense/Adwords deal with money and thus should NEVER have a shared log in with the likes of youtube, Gmail etc. Google knows this but doesn't care?

I'm not giving Google my phone number to use as a way to contact me if my accounts are hacked or passwords lost but the stupid google popup warning asks for my number nearly every time I use gmail. Does the blatant personal data gathering have no limits?

Lose your cell = lose everything? The account retrieval method is a phone call. Actually - hand it to a lowly paid cell company clerk and...

I can't be the only one not to like the data gathering or question the security of this? Nothing changes. I originally signed up for adsense with a NON gmail account on purpose but Google eventually forced me to use a Gmail account under threat of account closure. I may very well choose account closure if forced to share one login/password combo with everything. I value my privacy. "

J_RaD

2:26 pm on Aug 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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paranoid? the man speaks the truth.

blend27

5:48 pm on Aug 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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paranoid? the man speaks the truth.


I'd second that.

Why in a world would anybody give all the business data to a company that wants to organize it and use it to milk the last penny out of that person to start with is beyond my understanding.

Eurydice

9:03 pm on Aug 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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But it doesn't work (yet) with Adwords! :-(

Sgt_Kickaxe

9:05 pm on Aug 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm not paranoid, Google is apparently making it happen. Passwords wouldn't exist if they weren't needed and using a single password for all of your accounts leaves everything that much more vulnerable. I'm not seeing how Google will make that a secure thing to do.

In Google's defense - In some situations you need to make things worse before you can make them better(or at least a google version of better). I wonder what "measures" Google and the internet security czar will be able to implement if they have raw data saying more and more accounts are being hacked/lost/created by thieves.

At least it's not going to be included with adsense and adwords just yet. According to their own site [google.com] it will only affect Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Sites, Google Reader, Google Voice, App Engine and Google Code. I'm ok with that since those don't require bank account or personal information. Still, using one password across multiple services isn't a security improvement.

azblogtips

2:53 pm on Aug 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I hate this feature as my privacy is not kept confidential anymore

netmeg

4:46 pm on Aug 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm sorry, I don't understand - are you somehow forced to use it?

yaix2

5:40 pm on Aug 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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using one password across multiple services isn't a security improvement.

Its still different accounts and passwords, but you can sign in at the same time in more than one. Nothing to do with one password for multipe accounts. That's always a bad idea, no matter if you sign into them simultaneously or not.

Sgt_Kickaxe

7:10 pm on Aug 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm sorry, I don't understand - are you somehow forced to use it?

Obviously not, but some will, some are excited about it even.

Its still different accounts and passwords, but you can sign in at the same time in more than one.

Are you saying you still need to enter multiple passwords to log into them all at the same time? In other words if one password is comprimised it cannot be used to access the other "multiple login" activated sites ?

sailorjwd

9:55 pm on Aug 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Not much use... It says I can't add a second gmail account.

cabinethawk

5:08 am on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have been using Outlook for years. All my accounts are loaded into it and I don't have to log into anything. I have not been able to find an email browser like it for free.

Tom_Cash

8:10 am on Aug 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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This is great! It'll save me having to use Chrome and its incognito window for new sessions.

mhansen

4:57 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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paranoid? the man speaks the truth.


Agree 100%

eWhisper

10:19 pm on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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So I found this feature not very user friendly. I'm a big G Apps user as well as having other G programs, and the integration wasn't too hot.

You can have multiple chrome profiles on your computer, so that you can keep multiple chrome's open at once that do not share cookies (so each Chrome can be logged into a different G account).

I have one profile for personal stuff, one for biz, another for SEO (lots of extensions), another one for live demos, etc.

Then, I can have several different chrome installs open at the same time so that I can be logged into different G services at once.

Instead of switching tabs inside of Chrome, I just switch windows to another open Chrome.

I also find this much more productive as the Chrome you're using dictates what you want to be working on.
 

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