If you use any kind of web-based email account you're probably aware of the occasional hiccups of doing so. One example is when Gmail users couldn't access their accounts for several hours in February. The problem cropped up again this Tuesday, which makes us wonder, is it worth creating a back-up system for your emails just in case you can't access them through one portal?
Jack Schofield of the UK Guardian had some back up suggestions yesterday. After the jump we take a look at them...
- One solution is to Go to Gmail | Settings | Forwarding and have every email copied to another address when it arrives: I use a Yahoo address for this purpose. It means I always have a backup -- though the back-up emails are not labeled or sorted into folders.
- Another solution is to use your choice of desktop software to collect mail from Gmail, so that you have a back-up on your own hard drive. This is much faster and more efficient than using Google's web-based interface, so it's especially useful for people who get a lot of email. It also means you can work on email when you don't have an internet connection.
- However, if Gmail is down you still can't send emails, unless you also have a different email account. The ability to handle multiple email accounts makes a separate email client a better option than Google Gears, which provides offline access to Gmail, and which is still at the experimental stage.