Google now allows any Google+ user to send you an email via Gmail

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Google is flicking the switch on a new Google + feature that’ll send a shiver down your spine, especially if you are the private type that likes to keep your friends close and everyone else at arm’s length. An new Google+ and Gmail feature, that is turned on by default, allows you to receive an email from any Google + user, even if they do not have your gmail address in their contact list.

They feature is as creepy as it sounds. The default setting allows anyone on Google+ to send you an email through Gmail. Now you can fire up gmail and send an email to a Google+ user, no address needed. Your email is hidden and so is theirs, but the communication lines are still open.

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It’s meant to make connecting with people easier, especially when they use both Gmail and Google+. And you can picture the most useful scenario — you meet a new business contact and you have their name, but not their email address. Can you also picture the most nefarious?

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