One of the reasons I switched from Yahoo! and Hotmail to GMail is the fact that it supports https not only at the time of login but also during the rest of the session. One advantage with this is, even if you send personal emails from anywhere outside home, no one would know what you are sending/receiving. Gives that extra level of privacy comfort if not anything else. However, last few weeks I have been observing performance problems with GMail. I have been using https for almost a few yrs now that I didn’t bother to try the http version. Today I tried the http version and to my surprise, it is much faster. Hopefully their https servers will continue to work faster, otherwise my incentive to use GMail would reduce given that now a ways all the other major email providers like Yahoo! and Hotmail (would it become Yahmail in the future? :)) also started giving GBs of storage.