Two days ago, Google made a simple but drastic change to their Login Screen. If you tried logging into your Gmail account in the past two days, you might have noticed that the Login screen changed from asking for your Username/Password on the same page to asking for your Username first and then asking for your Password on the next page.
If you logged in from your usual device you might have also noticed that when you first enter your Email ID, the following page shows your Google+ profile picture and your full name.
This created a ton of outcry among users who thought it was a huge hit to their privacy. Although it seems a bit unnecessary and vulnerable move, Google has assured that the details are not shown publicly.
This is what they have to say,
To help make sign-in easier and more personal, you may see a screen with your profile picture and full name when signing in to Google. We’ll only show this information if you are signing in from a location or device you’ve signed in from before, like your home computer.
Conclusion: Your profile picture and name are only shown on devices that Google thinks are the ones you use.
Another reason for the backlash from the community was that this two step process made the Login process slower and also broke the auto login capabilities of many Password Managers like LastPass.
LastPass has announced they will be releasing a fix for the Gmail Login soon.
Anyways with this post, I wanted to share a link with you which will help you retain the old login process, i.e the Username/Password on the same page.
The usual login page to Gmail for instance has been upgraded (?) to the new login page but the Service Login page for Google account hasn’t been upgraded (yet).
So we will use the Service Login page to login and then apply a redirection that will help us navigate to Gmail automatically after login.
So the final link that you need to Bookmark and use is this: Gmail Old Login
For those who need to see the link before they visit (good habit) here it is:
Just copy that somewhere or bookmark it and use it to login to Gmail. Your existing password managers will work all right there.
Have a nice day!