Google encourages you to keep your data in your inbox. But what happens to this data? Many Gmail users like myself rely fully on their Gmail account and keep important documents, pictures sometimes password hints or even (you shouldn’t) passwords inside Gmail. Below I list some problems that may incur if you rely on this service.
Problem 2) What happens in case of a GOOGLE or GMAIL outage? See my report from the March 27th outage here.
Problem 3) What happens in case Google / GMAIL decides to suspend your service? See here for references.
a) Set up a redirection to another mail Service like YAHOO. Go to Settings / Forwarded and Pop and enter the e-mail address you want all incoming e-mail forwarded. (detailed help from Gmail here) You can keep a copy in your Gmail account. With this you will have the e-mail with 2 different companies. In case one of them goes down or deletes your mail you still have access to it.
I used Solution a) and also grabbed all my mail that is stored on the Gmail servers and transferred this in to my Yahoo account. Google / Gmail was not happy with this and temporarily suspended my account (see here)
I will (update did) write about how I got all my Gmail messages in to my new Yahoo account in my next post (see here).