Oct 21, 2009

How to access gmail without proxy from workplace

Inorder to save bandwidth companies prefer to block gmail.com in India. This method will avoid the need to use a proxy server to circumvent the company firewall. Moreover using proxy server can be risky as the password is sent to a third machine...Proxies will be blocked usually.

Create a new google group.
First create a google groups by visiting http://groups.google.com
Make the group private.
Add only one member and that is your gmail id.

Configure gmail to forward emails to your group
Login to gmail.com
Go to settings. Click "Forwarding and Pop".
Forward a copy of incoming mail to .
and select option to "Keep Gmail's copy in inbox"
Save Changes.

Tip: You can also forward only some of your mail by creating a filter!

Now a copy of all mails will be forwarded to your private group as well including attachments. If the mail which is being forwarded was sent by google itself. eg:a google alert mail or a mail from another group, then you might get a posting error message which is expected. The reply message when this happens is a bit confusing though.

Hello username+caf_=groupname=googlegroups.com@gmail.com,

We're writing to let you know that the group that you tried to contact
(groupname) either doesn't exist or you don't have permission to post to it.
There are a few possible reasons why this happened:

* You might have spelt or formatted the group name incorrectly.
* The owner of the group removed this group, so there's nobody there to contact.
* You may need to join the group before being allowed to post.
* This group may not be open to posting.

If you have questions about this or any other group, please visit the Google
Groups Help Centre at http://groups.google.co.in/support.

Thanks, and we hope you'll continue to enjoy Google Groups.

The Google Groups Team

Hope this helps you. Use responsibly.

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