Monday, February 28, 2011

Back up your Gmail

Over the weekend, several hundred thousand Gmail users saw their accounts reset, which is the technical term for “losing everything that was in your Gmail account prior to Feb. 27.” This follows on last week’s news of Google calender mysteriously deleting appointments and events. At the time of this writing, at least 150,000 Gmail users are still without data, an improvement over the 500,000 or so that were wiped out on Sunday, and Google promises the remainder will eventually get their data back.

Fortunately, there are several services out there that can help prevent you from losing that dissertation you e-mailed yourself.

One of these services, Backupify, is offering free backup service for a year. That's pretty great. Backupify for Gmail archives your complete Gmail history — all the messages, attachments, contacts, labels and communication history that makes your account indispensable. The next time Gmail goes down, your Backupify account has your data at the ready — and you can restore it with one click.

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