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Offline Basil

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G-Mail warning!
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:47:54 PM »
Each time I log into my gmail account, I have started getting a message that:

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This version of Firefox is no longer supported. Upgrade to a supported browser

The supported browsers are: Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari... :wub:
I use Pale Moon.

If this "alert" carries on for too long, I can see myself getting fed up with it and abandoning my gmail account.. :twisted:

No such problem with my Outlook.com email account.

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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2014, 05:02:54 PM »
Which version of PaleMoon are you using?   The latest is 25.0.2, and this was supposed to fix many of the Firefox incompatibility issues.
(I don't use gMail, so I can't test this for myself.)

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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2014, 05:11:18 PM »
Which version of PaleMoon are you using?   The latest is 25.0.2, and this was supposed to fix many of the Firefox incompatibility issues.
(I don't use gMail, so I can't test this for myself.)

I am indeed using the latest version of Pale Moon!

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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2014, 05:50:22 PM »
I see the same notice with PM's latest version.
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If this "alert" carries on for too long, I can see myself getting fed up with it and abandoning my gmail account.. :twisted:
That seems a bit drastic. The warning is not a big red, in your face, flashy thing. In fact, I didn't even notice it at first and probably wouldn't except for you mentioning it. But also, I am not sure I would blame gmail since it is PM reporting to gmail that it is FF. If it kept saying PM was no longer supported, then it seems to me you would have a point. I note too the only browsers gmail claims to support are Chrome, FF, IE and Safari.

That said, while it says "no longer supported", it still seems to work perfectly fine.

If you don't want to see the notice, configure Outlook to pull down your emails, or configure gmail to automatically forward them to a non-gmail account. Then you never have to log into gmail, except every 3 weeks to clear out the false positives gmail moved to your spam folder.
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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2014, 06:23:05 PM »
If you don't want to see the notice, configure Outlook to pull down your emails, or configure gmail to automatically forward them to a non-gmail account.

Thank you. Athough I have used this facility in the past, I forgot about it.... :thumbsup:

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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2014, 06:53:46 PM »
I have 5 gmail accounts and 4 cox email accounts I regularly get mail sent to. I get about 60 - 70 emails a day, more or less.  It is a real PITA to visit each account separately - especially if you have to log out of one before you can log into the other. So I don't. Instead, I use MailWasher Pro  (MWP) which is configured to fetch emails from all my accounts and put them in one inbox. MWP is really a spam blocker, but I use it as my primary email client. Typically, about 95% of the emails I get are forum notification emails. MWP makes it simple for me to "work" through then delete those email notifications without actually downloading the emails to my computer (or Outlook). Once I weed out all the notifications and other email I don't need to keep with MWP, then I fire up Outlook to fetch only the keepers.

Note that MWP works by downloading ONLY the header information and the first few lines of the actual message (but only in safe plain text). This is typically plenty to do anything you need (like click on forum links) without actually downloading the full HTML content or potentially infected attachments to your computer - unless you want to, but that is after the email has been analyzed for spam, malicious code, etc. The main point is, the vast majority of message is never downloaded to your computer before it is analyzed for malicious content.

This is different than most spam blockers as they download the entire emails and any attachments to your computer, then analyze it for malicious code. To me, that's like inviting a stranger into your home and then asking he wants.

If you only use one webmail account, then MWP is additional layer you probably don't need. But if you have multiple email accounts, MWP is great and I highly recommend it.
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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2014, 12:17:07 AM »
I just started getting this today. You can turn off Use Firefox Compatibility mode under the Advanced tab of Options but then google seach goes back to the old black bar at the top.

I just click dismiss when I see the message and read my email.

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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2014, 11:04:14 AM »
Pale Moon commented on FaceBook:


If you are getting nagged by Google that "your browser is no longer supported" then that means Google thinks you are using Firefox 24 and they shove Pale Moon on the heap of "outdated/obsolete" browsers. The error lies with Google's "browser detection" script, and you should complain that they are giving you an error about Firefox when you are not using Firefox but an up-to-date alternative.

You can disable "Firefox compatibility mode" in Options -> Advanced to avoid the nagging for the time being, but that in turn will make Google show the "unknown browser" compatibility layout (which is slightly less functional). I'm updating the version presented to websites in the next version of the browser (in line with HTML renderer updates) to prevent this kind of annoyance in Firefox Compatibility mode, but understand it's combating a symptom, not a cause.

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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2014, 01:16:10 PM »
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I just click dismiss when I see the message and read my email.
Yeah, but then you have to click dismiss again and again each time you log in. :( It is too bad that setting is not saved in a cookie or your gmail account settings. :(

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If you are getting nagged by Google that "your browser is no longer supported" then that means Google thinks you are using Firefox...and you should complain that they are giving you an error about Firefox when you are not using Firefox
Google thinks that because PM is telling them that. So I still don't think it is Google/Gmail that needs to make any changes. IMO, Gmail should simply comply with industry standards for websites and webmail. Then it is up to the individual browsers to ensure compatibility with those same standards. If Gmail has to keep track of PM individually (in addition to Chrome, IE, FF, and Safari), then why not Opera, SeaMonkey, Avant, Rockmelt, Maxthon, DeepNet, etc.?

What would work for me is if they stop checking altogether. I don't need Gmail telling me anything about my browser. It is none of their business AFAIAC.

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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2014, 02:16:40 PM »
I suspect that Google are just doing what most others would do, and that is to take the user agent that the browser tells it.
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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2014, 02:29:55 PM »
I suspect that Google are just doing what most others would do, and that is to take the user agent that the browser tells it.
Agreed.
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Re: G-Mail warning!
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2015, 03:40:47 AM »
I run add-on totalSpoof 1.8 to Spoof my user agent but I run Sea Monkey browser

They are other add-ons to Change your user agent. It's not amoral.
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