Good time to download all my emails complete with attachments into a Outlook .pst file. Would just take 4-5 hours for my 2GB of emails. I would never want 99% of my emails but that does not make a strong point not to backup. Any one else know a better way? Backupify is one good option but they're also a cloud provider susceptible to go down any time.
I just use Mail.app. My Gmail account is not only backed up but also indexed in Spotlight and always available for off-line access. You just need to remember to start up your mail client every once and a while.
If you're just looking to move messages to another server though, it's almost certainly easier to add a different mail server and drag/drop your messages to the new server.
I mirrored my Google Apps email account by setting up a rule to forward to my Microsoft-hosted Outlook.com account. It uses the same spam filtering system as Hotmail. A serious problem happened when perhaps 10 spam messages over a few days made it through gmails spam filter into my inbox, and on to my Outlook.com account.
Sadly when my gmail inbox started filling up with bounce messages from the MSN Postmaster, I realised that Outlook.com blocked my gmail account for spam abuse - SYSTEM WIDE. I was completely unable to send ANY mail to ANY Hotmail or similar Microsoft-hosted email service.
Dealing with the MSN Postmaster team was very frustrating. They told me to go to complain to gmail instead.
TL;DR: Don't forward all your email to Hotmail because their spam filter is so crazy, they'll eventually block your email address from mailing into Hotmail hosted servers again.
Google refuses to release optimized versions of Talk or Gmail for iOS, I suppose so Android can have exclusivity, but it seems like an insane strategy. The Google app for iOS is Webkit garbage.
Now I use Lavabit for email. Their web interface is garbage but their security and support are top notch, and they will host mail for third party domains if you ask them to.
1 - http://nuevasync.com/ .. I have no affiliation other than being a customer at $15/year.
I use it to have a running "clone" of Gmail on my own server, alway accessible in case Gmail goes down and I need an important mail. The sparseness of the links means each mail is saved only once, regardless of how many labels you attach to it.
If anyone's interested: https://github.com/relix/gmailcc
I think with things like the HBGary hack this is only becoming more and more vital, and it's really not that hard to handle since Thunderbird already saves all my mail locally. You just move it from the IMAP folder to a local folder, export that local folder (there's a great TB extension called ImportExport that gives you lots of options here), encrypt it and upload it to multiple backup sites.
What would have happened if HBGary had a policy like this? A lot of embarrassment would have been saved, even if not all of it (much more would have been saved by sending mails encrypted in the first place).
I'm using this to my advantage in that I'm keeping every mail ever sent to or from our Google apps accounts.
even better: the messages are kept in maildir format that's ready to be served over IMAP if Google really screws up.
Being able to do this configuration was the condition for me to even consider Google apps for serious purpose.
If you use Thunderbird then you have a low barrier to entry and low cognitive load solution.
[Tools|Edit]Account Settings, then click Synchronization and Storage for you gmail account (or any other account),
then check Keep messages and click on Advanced. Then check the folders that you want to synch. The most sensible one for gmail is [Gmail]/All Mail.
Now Tbird will make a copy of all your messages in All Mail.
Caveat: I have found that the copy isn't made until you click on the All Mail folder in your folder list. Tradeoff between getting something OK working in two minutes, and the time for whatever other solution.
I used https://github.com/rgrove/larch and Dovecot (IMAP only as no delivery required). Was very easy to setup and seems to work well (still doing initial sync though).
[Added]: I also fear that pulling so much data from Gmail might flag my account or worst, disable it. I'd really appreciate some help/suggestions.
That doesn't scale to the scope of Gmail. The appropriate precautions to preserve old medical records differ in kind from those appropriate for old shopping lists.
I'd like my Google account to have a "Backup URL" field, that I could set to <git:tux.example.org> or <venti:glenda.example.com>. Google would undertake to push all "my" data to that URL, to pull it back as needed to recover their systems, and to publish the format it was stored in. I'd be responsible for the rest.
Venti: http://plan9.bell-labs.com/sys/doc/venti/venti.html or http://plan9.bell-labs.com/sys/doc/venti/venti.pdf
Web 2.0 needs to abstract backup the way web 1.0 abstracted get and put. Venti does exactly that, and git might work too.
I'd bet on git. It has the mind-share already.
Now, I can already run "webcheckout $url" and get a git repository for any of the websites I run, as well as all of the wikis and blogs of customers at my startup, Branchable.com.
That is implemented via a proto-RFC called the "rel=vcs microformat", which simply adds a little data to web pages to indicate where the underlaying data can be cloned from. <http://kitenet.net/~joey/rfc/rel-vcs/>;
And Fossil is a core piece, too:
So if the original 500,000-user estimate was based on 0.29% affected, then we're now looking at approximately 137,000 users.
Google says that the issue "affects less than .29%..."
But you won't see it on hacker news...
For the life of me, I cannot get it working. I have had to resort to Firefox.
I had tried to backup my stuff before, but stopped and this article caused me to re-evaluate that stance.
Now I tried again and remembered why I didn't finish last time.
P.S. Sorry to hijack the thread, but it seemed appropros.
I quit most Google services because of this single annoyance (they have seriously neat hebrew sites as well. If an application wants to use my Google account and I'm over there, I have to guess which button says yes and which says no)..
I apologize for the rant. This is just barely on topic here as the worst possible user experience and I hope services of YC people don't think that i18n/l10n isn't that easy.