Monday, March 28, 2011

Remember your email may be at risk

Google is one of the biggest high tech companies in the world.  Their search engine is used by millions of people.  Yet even they have trouble creating 100% reliable applications like GMail.  Pretty much everyone who uses a free email service needs to remember that your email is not totally secure.

Google Glitch Disables 150,000 Gmail Accounts reports:

Google, we have a problem. About 150,000 Gmail account holders woke up to a nightmare this morning, with all their e-mail, attachments and Google Chat logs gone. What happened?

Google explains that “less than 0.08%” of all Gmail users were affected by the bug, which completely reset accounts, even down to the detail offering a welcome message to those users when they first logged on today. They, and especially visitors to the Gmail Help Forum, were not amused.

But there’s good news here. The way Google is explaining it on its Apps Status Dashboard: “Google engineers are working to restore full access. Affected users may be temporarily unable to sign in while we repair their accounts.”

I don't have a great solution, but I think this is a simple way to reduce your risk.
Hat tip: Jerri Ann Reason posted the link on Facebook.

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