One of the main ways of sharing information using the internet is through email messaging. Persons and organizations utilize email messaging so that they can share important information. This makes security in these platforms all the more significant. Gmail, the email service of Google, is a platform that has become so popular through the years. Google has of course made it easier to guarantee the security of those people who use Gmail. Also, knowing that no amount of security is unbeatable, they have also made it possible for Gmail users to back up their email messages on Gmail. How do you go about then to backing up your Gmail account? Just follow the succeeding steps:
(1) Sign into your Gmail account. Then click on the “Settings” icon on the upper right portion of your Gmail window. Click the “Settings” option from the drop down menu that shows up.
(2) Afterwards, click the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” on the horizontal menu on the upper portion of the web page where you will be redirected.
(3) Choose the “Enable POP for all mail” that is found under the “Status: POP is disabled”. Afterwards, scroll to the bottom of the web page click the button, “Save Changes”.
Another way for you to back up your Gmail is to utilize a desktop email client. You can use an email client such as Thunderbird or Outlook to either download your Gmail through POP or simply get access to it through IMAP. Afterwards, you can save the emails using the program. Using Thunderbird, you can simply highlight the emails, right click on the emails, and then choose the “Save as” to save the emails as .eml files.
You can also utilize a Gmail Backup program or service. If you do not mind paying for the convenience, check out Backupify. As soon as you sign up with Backupify, you can then verify your Gmail or Google account using the service. You really do not need to do anything. Backupify utilizes its services to get data from the servers of Google. After two to three days on average, the Gmail archives are there and new stuff streams slowly over. Backify also backs up other things like Flickr images, Facebook data, Google docs, your old Twitter stream, as well as other web apps.
If you would rather not spend that much money you may want to check out Gmail to Hotmail. Using TrueSwitch, what you need to do first is to sign up and get a Hotmail account, a great password and log into it. Afterwards go to TrueSwitch, plug in your Gmail user information, afterwards your Hotmail login, and pick what you need Hotmail or Windows Live to copy on over. Similar to other alternatives, you may have to wait a little bit. However, once all of your information has arrives, you will receive an email from Hotmail, advising you that you are ready.
Hotmail is an okay backup solution in really a couple of ways. First and foremost, you can bring in messages from your Gmail addresses utilizing the tool of account importing, and Hotmail provides a great spam fighting feature.
If you would rather get a local, do it yourself, but local backup, try desktop Thunderbird. Gmail provides access to all of the email via desktop clients, even including archived items. You could utilize Apple Mail or Outlook so you can download it completely. However, Thunderbird is free and works on whatever system. It makes for nice portable packages. They are also handy for other backups you may be doing.
The first thing you should do is go to Gmail, click on the gear icon on the upper right portion, pick Mail settings, go to Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Then Enable POP for all mail and then set Gmail so it will keep its copy. For this, you must download and install Thunderbird, if you have not done so.
Afterwards, click on the link of Gmail for configuration instructions. Their procedural process for Thunderbird is quick exact. On another route, the automatic configuration of Thunderbird typically gets the required Gmail settings if you plug in your Gmail username as well as password. However, if you only want to use Thunderbird for a particular backup job, you would also need to have the incoming settings ready and running for use in the POP mail. Hence, click the “Manual Setup” button and plug this in:
Next, remove the Outgoing settings if it pleases you, but they will not really change a lot. After you press the OK button and verify that all is working, your only work is to allow Thunderbird to stay running on your system as much as you can. Then allow a couple of days to get it all.