Google Increments Security Settings
Back in January, Google announced that for Gmail, default access would shift to https (using SSL). This change, impacting all versions of Google Apps, is a welcome move to ensure secure communication data in-transit as well as at-rest.
Our recommendation remains that all Google Apps Premier and Education Edition users force SSL use for ALL Google Apps services. While this may complication connecting older scanning devices, the additional security is worth the need for the occasional work-around.