Gmail Stopped Working?
Just a few days ago I came across this article:
This is something I thought that could never happen, your data get lost from a major online company. Chances are all of the data will be restored but who knows how long it will take and the level of anxiety in the thought of losing years of email.
I use Google apps and all of my mail goes into one inbox, if I were to loose that even for a few days it would impact my work and life. So it seemed like a good idea to find a good way to back up my Gmail account.
It may not seem like a lot but those affected were not happy. Surprising though it is, we are focused on bringing attention to preventing these loses and decided it is a worth while topic to cover.
Step 1 - Identify Risk
Are all of the emails stored in one location on the web? It may seem safe, but it’s always better to spread out important data to 2 or 3 different locations if possible. This cuts down on the likelihood of all places could lose the data at the same time.
Step 2 - Develop Plan
If Gmail is your primary email account, how are you going to protect all of those emails? Here are some simple ideas:
- Forward Important emails to another email address
- Print out a copy for yourself or records
- Use applications to backup your email
- Use services to backup your email
Step 3 - Solutions and Resources
Each situation will be different for email. We have provided some of the easiest methods of protecting your important ways listed below.
Thunderbird - This is Mozilla’s free desktop email client. It works using IMAP to download a copy of an email from the server so that there are 2 copies, 1 local and 1 on the server. Mozilla is the creator of the popular web browser Firefox.
Backupify - A service that stores archives of Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and other popular websites. There is a free plan for 2GB or a paid version starting at $4.99/Month.
BackupMyMail - A paid service that allows you to backup your email, blog, pictures or tweets. Plans start at $19.95/Year.