Google has just released Mail Goggles (do you have any idea how hard it is to not typo that as “Mail Googles”?), a new enhancement for Gmail designed to keep you from sending that 3 a.m. email while under the influence that you know you’ll regret in the morning, but send anyways. The Google Goggles work by requiring you to solve several math problems within sixty seconds before allowing you to effectively hit “send”.
To enable and set up Google Mail Goggles, log into your Gmail account, click on “settings”, and then click on the “Labs” tab in your settings screen (it’s on the far right):
You’ll find the Mail Goggles option down towards the bottom of the page; select the “enable” radio button (it’s set to “disable” by default):
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Once you have enabled Mail Goggles, you will find your Mail Goggles settings options under your “general” settings tab on the settings screen:
The “Difficulty” levels range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the hardest. Here’s an example of the test at level 5:
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While we had no trouble completing this test with many second to spare, we are assured that the more inebriated you are, the harder the test will be to complete successfully.
Any bets on how long it will be before the first lawsuit against Google because Mail Goggles failed to keep someone from sending an email that they oughtn’t have?
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