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Archive email with Gmail
Authored by: cilly on Apr 07, '05 01:50:36PM

I do not recommend this hint!

All your personal Mail will be stored on someones server, i.e. readable by the government and google. If you don't concern about your privacy... feel free to follow this hint.

I do concern about my privacy and so I must say this hint is dangerous!

Btw, does not slow down, if you create a new local mailbox and put all the mail their.

cilly @

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Gmail is Spymail.
Authored by: ratzfatz on Apr 07, '05 03:03:21PM

I fully agree with cilly! Due the fact that google is spying the mails and makes the content part of their advertisement activities I would NEVER - NEVER - use that location as a backup of my sensitive data.

Anyway - having 2 Gigs of space is quite appealing, so I decided to use it anyway for my files - BUT - I upload my data as email attachement which have been stuffed into a pasword protected .sitx archive, segmented in 8 MB slices which overcomes the limitation to upload mail with attachements exceeding the 10 MB barrier of Gmail.

The upload is managed by some stupid Windows machine in my network running Gmail drive software which makes uploading a piece of drag and drop.


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Gmail is Spymail.
Authored by: alani on Apr 08, '05 11:43:51AM

Uh, are you guys encrypting all your email?
Do you realize how many servers your email visits on its way to its destination? Some of those servers are even owned by The Government.
Your concerns about Google are fair enough, but it's like worrying about a tidal wave flooding Manhattan while you're walking down the middle of Fifth Avenue with a blindfold on.
If you're really worried about this (and I'm not saying you shouldn't be), you need to encrypt your email with something like PGP.

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Authored by: sjk on Apr 09, '05 07:58:07PM
Do you realize how many servers your email visits on its way to its destination?

You do realize how SMTP works? Maybe you meant to say routers instead of servers?

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Archive email with Gmail
Authored by: paulsomm on Apr 11, '05 10:47:25AM

While the concerns with privacy are valid, which is one reason I'd never do this, people should realize there is no such thing as secure or private email on the Internet. Unless you employ some sort of encryption of the message as it goes from sender to recipient (as opposed to simply using the "ssl" option for sending/receiving) then your email is readable by anyone sitting along the path that message takes.

I'd venture to say anyone willing to give Gmail all of their email to parse, advertise against, etc, isn't too concerned with privacy as it is. In that situation, this is a decent hint (especially the python hint in the comments).

Personally, I'd never upload my email anywhere but my own machine, even though I don't care about whats in it. It just bothers me to think that some sysadmin or company could, with a few clicks, run a search against my entire archive. not to mention if anything you do/say ever does become illegal/politically unfavorable, you have a fully subpoena-able mail store outside your control. (These are all reasons why I don't use the free mail services as it is;-) )

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