I have started using a free (for home use) mail archive program to keep an offline backup of all my e-mail. With this tool, I was able to make a backup of all my ‘cloud’ email from google mail, as well as all my old outlook email from pst files. It also backs up email attachments and then you have a very easily searchable database of all your emails.
Now I don’t have to worry about google locking me out or someone hijacking my account, and as a bonus I have all my old emails going back many years from outlook. All kept in one place. There is even a portable USB version so you could run the archive from a USB memory key.
Here’s how you do it.
- Download Mail Store Home Edition http://www.mailstore.com/en/mailstore-home.aspx
- Install the program and follow the wizard to set up your achiving.
- Allow the archiving to complete as it will take some time, expecially if you are backing up webmail from the internet.
- Now you can search all your old mail easily in one place and offline.