Google is constantly rolling out updates to bring “better” user experience to all the fine people on the internet. Yeah, really… like we have a say in this. Nonetheless, the company has decided to integrate a unique email system that will eventually allow users, and spammers, alike, to send emails using their Google+ profiles.
In its own words, Google says that the new feature was focused on allowing “anyone on Google+ to email fellow users” without any form of issues or whatsoever. It means that although you can send emails without knowing the next person’s email ID, the entire system opens up a pool of opportunities for spam marketers, stalkers, pedophiles and etc.
So what is the best way of removing your name from the Google+ “anyone can email me” feature? It is simple. While the update is being implemented on a step-by-step basis, i.e. you will get the email notification as soon as it is applied to your G+ account, you can opt out at this point instead of waiting.
How not to receive email from strangers at Google+:
- Sign in to your main Google profile from a computer.
- On the top right side, click the Gear settings icon. This will take you to a page where you can select various settings.
- Click the “Edit Settings” link underneath the Google+ Settings page.
- In the next window you will see an “Email via Google+” option.
- You will now click the dropdown menu and select “No One” next to the “Who can email you via your Google+ profile?” question.
In addition to this option, there are other options which allow you to take control of who you will be receiving the emails from. Either you can click “No One” and block everyone added in your Google+ profile from sending you emails, or you can exclude “Circles,” “Acquaintances,” “Family” and etc. to further personalize this unwanted Google update.
On a side note, Google will be posting a link to its Help Page where the opt out process will be described in detail. However, by following the above mentioned steps, you don’t have to wait for the company’s update. Who knows what kind of email you will be ending up by then?