Time to take your email archive offline?

Discussion in 'Email Discussions' started by peviha, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. peviha

    peviha Valued Member

    Jan 20, 2013
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    I'm just curious: Does anyone download their email to their own computer and delete it from the server anymore?

    I do it for privacy reasons. I don't want my entire email archive available to anyone with Internet access who may be able to crack my password), and I don't need access to any email older than a month or so from every device I own.

    Having the bulk of my email offline also means I can switch email providers quickly, because I don't have thousands of messages to migrate.

    Backup is as a simple as zipping the Thunderbird folder in %APPDATA% and copy the zip file to two external hard drives, one of which I always carry around with me, and one I keep at home.

    Am I the freak here? :)


  2. foggy

    foggy Valued Member

    Oct 23, 2010
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    Hi, Peviha

    Not a freak. But perhaps more tech-savvy than the average user and more aware of privacy issues, etc..

    In my case, I only have a desktop computer and I'm not interested in spending money on additional hard drives (or flash drives or whatever) to back up email or documents, etc. But I certainly do understand why others would want to do so.

    In the particular case of email, I do have some emails that are very important to me (like irreplaceable ones from a friend who suddenly passed away last year), so I simply save them at several good, reputable email providers (Runbox, EuMX, FastMail) as well as on my computer (in Outlook 2007).

    I am not overly concerned about removing emails from servers to keep the gov't from seeing them. I figure, with gov't snooping being what it apparently is these days, there is as much a chance that they can (or will soon be able to) intercept the emails in transit at least as easily as trying to get them -- legally or otherwise -- while resting on a provider's servers.

    But if I were concerned enough to maintain strict privacy as much as I could, I would undoubtedly go your route: download them locally to an email client, remove them from the servers, and make multiple back ups on external media (and keep those multiple copies in different locations). :)

  3. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

    Aug 12, 2008
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    The trash button is my most clicked feature :)

    I read and delete and rarely save any emails.

    I'm just one of those types that likes to keep my inbox tidy.

    I do not archive my personal email to my computer.

    I do save much more of my work email.

    That's mostly for maintaining information and knowledge to pass along as needed.

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