We all love Gmail as well as Google’s tendency to keep things running as smoothly as possible. But snafus do happen; all that data is stored in â€œthe cloudâ€ on Google servers in what some consider the most state-of-the-art, redundant and reliable network ofÂ data centers located all over the globe.Â Your personal data is syncing with out a hitch.Â After all, if you can’t rely on what is arguably the largest, mostÂ talent rich of cloud providers in the world, who can you rely on?
A quick Google search â€” yes, I understand the irony â€” reveals that there areÂ plenty of people, who, like you and many other Android users, thought that their data was safe with Google â€“ only to find that their sense ofÂ securityÂ was false.Â With just a little planning, research and sweat, you can avoid a similar fate and furtherÂ protect your data.
Kevin Wright goes on to detail his process:
I own a small hosting and web design/consulting business and rent server resources from a data center.Â On that server, I have installedÂ getmail along with a few custom configuration files based on those described byÂ Googler Matt Cuttsâ€˜Â blog posting. The files tell getmail where to pull my email from; in this case, from theÂ GmailÂ servers, using a secure IMAP connection.Â Each config file also tells getmail which folders to retrieve from (eg. â€œInboxâ€,Â â€œ[Google Mail]/All Mailâ€, â€œ[Google Mail]/Sent Mailâ€, etc.);, to only get â€œunseenâ€ messages; and in which format to store the messages, if notÂ Maildir, then the native Gmail format,Â Mbox. Getmail runs every hour from a cron job and stores all new messages in the format of my choice: Maildir on my server.Â The mail is then encrypted and backed up nightly with all my other data on an off-site server usingÂ Duplicity.
I know, I knowâ€¦ not everyone has a shiny tin foil hat like mine that reads â€œCaution: Geek Below!â€Â That does not excuse you from protecting your data.Â There are many more less intense, more GUI based options to protect yourself.Â Here are just a few:
The peace of mind and security you’ll get from backing up is worth the few minutes, is it not?