Happy Friday! Before we dive into the question from Isabelle on how to back up e-mails from Web-based e-mail services, I'd like to introduce a new forum called, CNET to the Rescue. Now let me point out that this is not a technical troubleshooting forum (as we already have plenty of those), but a consumer advocacy forum where you can raise issues about unfair practices by technology companies, call out misleading advertisements, and talk with other members and CNET editors about these issues. This forum is hosted by CNET editor Rafe Needleman and he has his ear out for you. So, if you have some concerns or issues you'd like to discuss with him and other members, bring them on. Here is Rafe's welcome note to give you an idea what this forum is all about. Enjoy!
Now, moving along to backing up those Yahoo Mail and Gmail e-mails. Well, Isabelle, our community members has come through for you in a huge way, giving you a lot of advice on how you can back up your Web-based e-mails. The most popular advice suggests using POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) that allows you to link your online e-mail account to an e-mail client like Outlook, Outlook Express, or Thunderbird. It will allow you to transfer all your e-mails to your computer's hard drive, and then you can decide what you want to do with them. Most online e-mail clients offer this service; some are free and some come at a small cost. It's a great, simple process, and many folks use this method. For those of you who aren't familiar with POP3 and what it does, here is fairly simple explanation from Answers.com.
There are a few other methods mentioned by members, ranging from the traditional copying and pasting important e-mails to setting up an auto forwarding rule to another e-mail address. So give the answers all a read and find what works best for you. I have a few selected answers in the Q&A section to start. I hope they help! Thanks everyone for your time and contributions. Have a great weekend!
How do I back up my e-mails from free online Yahoo Mail and Gmail accounts?
Over the past several years I have been depending on free
online Yahoo mail and Gmail accounts for my everyday e-mails.
I've been lucky thus far of not losing anything yet, but I'm
weary about it as friend told me that free email services
aren't trustworthy as anything can go wrong and there are no
recourse if my accounts were suddenly to disappear or somehow
get compromised because they are free.
Now that this has got me really concerned, I would like to
back up all my e-mails from these free online e-mail
accounts, but I really have no clue as to how to go about it.
Can your members help me out and give me some step-by-step
instructions on how I can get this accomplished for both
Yahoo mail and Gmail? I would like to be able to store them
on my computer and retrieve them once I have established a
nonfree online service. I would be most grateful for this
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