I have had good luck with links browser with gmail. If you want speedy access to gmail, that is one way to go, it provides the html view rather than the fancy one with all the bells and whistles. Surprised you are needing to reset your password just because of a change in browser. I visit gmail from various computers, browsers, ISPs, depending on how I go in, and never have to reset my passwords there.
There are several versions of links browser. I do not like the Elinks version, installed the links one using Arch on my Pi. But also use links browser to access gmail from other linux boxes as well without any problems. What is important is that ssl is built in to the browser, if there is no ssl in netsurf, I believe it will not get you into gmail.
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