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What Happened to All My Gmail Emails??? Oopps…

Published February 28, 2011 - 0 Comments

That’s what 150,000 Gmail users are saying… thankfully I’m not one of them! Mashable reports that 150,000 Gmail accounts were accidentally reset, wiping out all the email, attachments, and chat logs associated with those accounts, and replacing them with the friendly “Welcome to Gmail” screen you see when you open a new account…

Oopps…

We’re so used to being told that the “cloud” is the answer to everything now… save your information in the cloud, and access it from anywhere…  Yes, this does work extremely well.  Gmail is a perfect example of that.  You can check your email from home, at work, at a friend’s place, in an internet cafe while on vacation… with your PC, laptop, smartphone… everything is stored in a centralised location, accessible from anywhere with an internet connection…

Until something goes wrong.

Presumably everything is backed up to the nth degree, so Google engineers will no doubt be able to recover these accounts, and the information associated with them.  It’s an inconvenience at most, and one that will probably be repeated again at some point in the future. This isn’t the first time that cloud computing has failed.  It won’t be the last. The more we rely on the cloud, the more we accept the inherent risk that our data may not be there when we need it.

The Mashable post points out that there is a Gmail Backup program that can be used to perform one-click backups of your Gmail account.  I’ve never used this before, but it’s probably not a bad idea.  Then again, most people only give real consideration to proper backups after being forced to do so.

By then, it’s usually too late…