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Always thinking of an easier way to get all your work done.  Share tasks, projects and files with anyone you work with. No more wait Do.com from SalesForce is here.

“Do” is a productivity site and app designed to help you get things done, and the next-gen of the service is launching in beta this week. Do.com (get it?) lets you create to-do lists and then assign tasks on that list to other people. Used for both individuals at home and businesses looking to streamline how they work, the service can be used to assign everything from bringing a bag of chips to a party to following up with a client to make sure he or she signs contracts on time.

The next generation of the service (it didn’t previously include social media contacts, for example) now offers integration into networks such as  Facebook, as well as into your contacts list.

If one of your contacts changes profile information, such as his or her employer, then that information will also be changed in Do.

Especially useful for businesses that repeat the same processes over time, templates can be created in Do that automatically assign recurring tasks to the appropriate people. For instance, one homebuilder is using Do to assign all of the tasks for building a home. Once a buyer makes a purchase, then assigning out the thousands of tasks involved in that process can be done in a single click.

Each task can be commented on, sending a message to both the person assigned to the task and the one doing the assigning. Mobile apps for iPhone and now Android allow everyone to keep up to date on what’s going on all the time, not just when they’re in front of a computer.

A Salesforce company, it’s not surprising that Do also has a huge component for sales teams. The beta version of the service has a new Deals component that can be used to track deals and revenue.

The full new version of Do is set to go live near the end of August. You can check out the beta by signing uphere.

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If you were thinking logging out of Facebook means the social network can’t track what you’re doing online? Think again..

Facebook has had privacy issues for a long time, and while the company has been working to improve its image, today’s episode will likely set it back once again. Thanks to a modified cookie, Facebook allegedly knows what you’re doing online even when you’re not logged in. Yes, Facebook uses cookies to track users even when they have signed out of the service. Evne though Facebook has denied allegations that it tracks users when they are logged out, saying it only uses tracking cookies to personalise content and to make the social networking site more secure.

An Australian technologist Nik Cubrilovic, recently claimed that when the user is logged out of Facebook, rather than deleting its tracking cookies, the site merely modifies them, maintaining account information and other unique tokens that can be used to identify its users. So Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit on the web. Even Facebook admit that it alters, but does not delete cookies when users log out.

After running a series of tests analyzing the HTTP headers on requests sent by browsers to facebook.com, we can easily see that Facebook alters its tracking cookies the moment you log out, instead of deleting them. Since your uniquely identifying account information is still present in these cookies, Facebook can continue to track you.

This means that if you log out of Facebook, you’re not really doing much. If you then head to a website that contains a Facebook plugin, your browser will continue to send personally identifiable information back to Palo Alto. Here’s Cubrilovic’s a explanation on this:

With my browser logged out of Facebook, whenever I visit any page with a Facebook like button, or share button, or any other widget, the information, including my account ID, is still being sent to Facebook. The only solution to Facebook not knowing who you are is to delete all Facebook cookies. You can test this for yourself using any browser with developer tools installed. It is all hidden in plain sight.

So how do you get rid of these Facebook cookies in a way that will still let you use the service? Well, you can delete them every time after you log out of the website. Alternatively, Hacker News user buro9 says you can use the following AdBlock Plus rules:

facebook.com^$domain=~facebook.com ~facebook.net|~fbcdn.com|~fbcdn.net
facebook.net^$domain=~facebook.com|~facebook.net|~fbcdn.com|~fbcdn.net
fbcdn.com^$domain=~facebook.com|~facebook.net|~fbcdn.com|~fbcdn.net
fbcdn.net^$domain=~facebook.com|~facebook.net|~fbcdn.com|~fbcdn.net

This will supposedly limit your usage of the social network to just facebook.com. If you need to use it on another website, you can temporarily whitelist it with the AdBlock switch. If what Cubrilovic found today ends up being true, this could be a serious problem for Facebook. The advice is to log out of Facebook. But logging out of Facebook only de-authorizes your browser from the web application, a number of cookies (including your account number) are still sent along to all requests to facebook.com.

Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit.

The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.

Here is what is happening, as viewed by the HTTP headers on requests to facebook.com. First, a normal request to the web interface as a logged-in user sends the following cookies:

Facebook Cookie

Facebook Cookie

The request to the logout function will then see this response from the server, which is attempting to unset the following cookies:

Facebook Cookie Unset

Facebook Cookie Unset

To make it easier to see the cookies being unset, the names are in italics. If you compare the cookies that have been set in a logged-in request, and compare them to the cookies that are being unset in the log-out request, you will quickly see that there are a number of cookies that are not being deleted, and there are two cookies (locale and lu) that are only being given new expiry dates, and three new cookies (W, fl, L) being set.

Now If we make a subsequent request to facebook.com as a ‘logged out’ user:

Facebook Cookie Logout Call

Facebook Cookie Logout Call

The primary cookies that identify me as a user are still there (act is my account number), even though I am looking at a logged-out page. Logged-out requests still send nine different cookies, including the most important cookies that identify you as a user

This is not what ‘logout’ is supposed to mean. Facebook are only altering the state of the cookies instead of removing all of them when a user logs out.

With my browser logged out of Facebook, whenever I visit any page with a Facebook Like button, or Share button, or any other widget, the information, including my account ID, is still being sent to Facebook. The only solution to Facebook not knowing who you are is to delete all Facebook cookies. You can test this for yourself using any browser with developer tools installed. It is all hidden in plain sight.

The social networking giant said that the logged-out cookies are used to identify spammers and phishers, detect when an unauthorised person is trying to access a user’s account, help users regain access to an account when it’s been hacked and disable registration for underage users who try to re-register with a different birth date.

What is your thoughts on this, is Facebook justified to track logged-out users, Leave your comments in the comment section below:

The fact remains that Web is full of free website hosting services. There are number of hosting services on the web, and they are keen to provide free website hosting services for the eager ones. There was a time when free website hosting services was quite popular among the website owners.

Free Web Hosting

Free Web Hosting

Imagine, the extent of possible savings for a website owner, as the owner doesn’t have to shell even a single pie from the coffers, and the hosting is done free of cost.However, with the advent of cheap web hosting services, free website hosting services had gone out of the window. Still, free web hosting services remains a top catch for someone who has a low budget for his web ventures. There are many free web site promotion activities possible with free web hosting services. More importantly, you need to understand your site, and choose proper free web hosting services.

It’s important that the chosen hosting services do provide you with free website tools. Though, you won’t get all the required tools for building your website, but significantly, some of the free website hosting services has known to give enough free website tools to build your own website.Some of the free hosting services even go down to the extent of helping you to point the web address to the chosen domain name, and nevertheless, that are a handy free website tool.
The most significant criteria while choosing a free website hosting services is the bandwidth. Take pains to find the bandwidth such would offer you. In case, your free web site is provided with limited bandwidth, then your site might face access problems. You are advised to choose free website hosting services which allow you to have sufficient bandwidth for your site.
Now the advertisement section. For free hosting services, it’s the advertisement blocks that are perhaps, the most important consideration.
The focus for them is to earn money from placing advertisements on your site, but the real question is what type of advertisements do they intend to place on your site. Text advertisements are fine, but pop ups and pop under could be very annoying for your guest visitors. Money you, many guest decide to block your web address, just because your website has a pop up, or a pop under ads. Therefore, preferably, if possible, choose a free web hosting services that doesn’t place pop ups, or pop under ads. Following the above tips would ensure that you get the best free website hosting services for you site.

Here I have found a list of good free web hosting Companies in the below Link which i think is a good list for beginners for good free hosting:

http://bestwebhostsanddomains.blogspot.com/2011/06/top-10-free-web-hosting-for-2011.html

Alternate Link: http://top10webhosts.co.cc/
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http://besthosts.co.nr/

Let me know what do you think of free web hosting companies are they reliable and any good free web hosting companies you know which are not in the above list..

There is a multitude of software on the web. Of those, some of the coolest are media players right. Imagine one’s system without a Media player naah.. how can one operate on a PC without listening to music. So in this week post I am listing out some of the best ten Media Players available today. Check out the list and see if you like it 🙂 I am listing them in a specific ranking because some of them are as good as any other on the list.

VLC Media Player

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VLC is one, if not the, best media player ever created. It is lightweight, portable, and can play almost any media format out there (incl. videos downloaded from sites like Youtube). VLC can even be used as a streaming media server, can play DVD’s, can be used as an audio decoder, and doesn’t require external, extra codecs to run.

VLC can also accompany customizable skins, as well as nearly every operating system that exists (Mac, Windows and Linux). I highly recommend trying it out.

For UBUNTUE, you have it pre-built. Just open Synaptic application > Click on System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager. In Settings -> Repositories, make sure you have an universe repository activated. Search for vlc and install it. You should install vlc-plugin-pulse and mozilla-plugin-vlc as well. If you are interested in streaming or transcoding, you should additionnally install libavcodec-extra-52 from a multiverse repository.

Command way – You need to check that a universe mirror is listed in your /etc/apt/sources.list file.
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc

Media Jukebox

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Media Jukebox is an all-in-one media player, music collection organizer, iPod connector and music store with extreme tagging techniques. This music player can pretty much do it all. While not as small as VLC, it definitely does have a bunch of features. It can even be used to sync your phone, while finding tags for your newest imported songs, and simultaneously downloading the newest plug-in to customize your user experience. Sweet, right?

Songbird

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Songbird is one of the most customizable media players ever created. Besides being created by Mozilla, and being open source, it allows users to create add-ons/plug-ins for added user experience. Built-in options include: Last.fm playback history plug-in, support for the iPod, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, metadata management, etc.

To get a feel on what can be done with Songbird extensions check out our earlier article on Songbird extensions. Songbird truly shows what media players need to become with regard to customization.

Winamp

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Many music fanatics are familiar with Winamp as being one of the most widely used media players in the world. It has developed into one of the most feature oriented media players ever created. Features include: lots of customizable skins, built-in internet radio, support for a wide variety of audio and video formats, flash support, customizable plug-ins, support for multiple languages, ability to sync with your iPod, etc.

There is a free version, of course, but you can upgrade to the PRO version for even more features.

KMPlayer

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KMPlayer, while not as widely used, is one of the best, free, media players. While supporting numerous different formats, languages, skins, etc, it is relatively lightweight and can be used for numerous different media related material.

The application itself is extremely customizable by it’s own settings, but can be further customized to fit your own needs as well. Features include: Compressed album support, multiple file formats, numerous decoders, support for subtitles, plug-ins, etc.

Stay tuned next time for more cool Windows tips and tricks! In the meantime, why don’t you tell us in the comments which media player you have installed on your Windows system and why you prefer it over all others? What features are the deal-clincher for you?

iTunes

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You can download the current media player on the inter web or bundle it onto your computer providing the CD who comes along providing your i Pod. You can play both media and video files surrounded by good ease. The library can accommodate thousands of songs and your computer could not freeze up.

Windows Media Player

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This media player is certainly the oldest and was working at favorably still before anyone had heard of MP3 players and therefore, i Tunes. However, try not to use it if you suffer a choice- it performs not play a small amount of songs if it is not in a select format and serves to sometimes eliminate the top notch of your songs.

FFmpeg

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FFmpeg plays MP3 songs, video clips and movies without precluding or putting in to the difficulties your computer right now faces. You may not complain a good deal in the wake of so go into the future and use it- you should not be disappointed! One shortcoming is which it assists one and only Linux formats but one can continually hard work roughly that.

Nero Media Player

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Nero is a service such a is depleted to hurt CD’s and as far as its media messing luxuries are concerned, it is rather decent. It plans to not tarnish the unique of the video or the song. You can as well form libraries and listen to one song following the other- a feature this is not supported by VLC Media Player.

MPlayer

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MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies.

Another great feature of MPlayer is the wide range of supported output drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, AAlib, DirectFB, but you can use GGI, SDL (and this way all their drivers), VESA (on every VESA compatible card, even without X11!) and some low level card-specific drivers (for Matrox, 3Dfx and ATI), too! Most of them support software or hardware scaling, so you can enjoy movies in fullscreen. MPlayer supports displaying through some hardware MPEG decoder boards, such as the Siemens DVB, DXR2 and DXR3/Hollywood+. MPlayer has an onscreen display (OSD) for status information, nice big antialiased shaded subtitles and visual feedback for keyboard controls. European/ISO 8859-1,2 (Hungarian, English, Czech, etc), Cyrillic and Korean fonts are supported along with 12 subtitle formats (MicroDVD, SubRip, OGM, SubViewer, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, AQTitle, JACOsub, PJS and our own: MPsub). DVD subtitles (SPU streams, VOBsub and Closed Captions) are supported as well.

As always ADD your favorite Media player in the Comment Section of this post 😉

Most internet frauds result from poor customer awareness. The biggest concern for online customers is the possible theft of their online credentials, especially those relating to net banking. This often happens without the customers’ knowledge, enabling fraudsters to steal money from their accounts in a recurring manner. Here in simple words I have put on how you can guard against them.

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Make sure site is safe

Before keying in sensitive information, ensure the site is running in a secure mode by looking for the padlock symbol at the bottom of the browser. Give your user id and password only at the authenticated login page

Strong password

Make net banking passwords difficult to guess, change them regularly. Also, never share them with anyone, meaning just anyone. Your Password should include a good combination of numbers, Letters and special characters.

Virus scanning

Scan email attachments for viruses before opening them. When unsure about the source of an attachment, delete it. Everyone should install a good anti-virus system on their PCs like Avast, AVG or Symantec and ensure that it is updated regularly. Also avoid downloading programs from unknown sources. Some sources may have hidden forms of spyware or viruses that could compromise the security of your computer.

Never share your CVV no.

Don’t share your password or CVV details orally with banks. Bank never asks for confidential information like user ID, password, credit card number, CVV, etc, via mail, SMS or bank initiated phone calls.

Make sure it is Bank site

Don’t access bank website from a link provided in an email from any source. Instead, type the address of the bank website in the address bar of browser to access the bank account. Don’t click on any link provided in emails, they may redirect users to a fake/phishing site.

No paper work

Never note down user ID, password on piece of paper, documents or phones for easy retrieval, on any place that is easily or not easily accessible to anyone even your family members.

Say no to password reminders

Everyone should also never use the ‘remember password’ feature provided by browsers to save their net banking passwords. This is how many hackers catch in.

No Net banking from cyber cafes

Don’t access Net banking from cyber cafes. If you have to, use the virtual key board to key in details and ensure you log out of the system once you are done. Do not use shared computers for Net Banking.

Clear your browser’s cache

Clear your browser’s cache and history after each session so that your account information is removed, especially if you have used a shared computer to access Internet.

Take Care to Log Off

Finally Log Off from online Bank Account every time after you complete your online banking session. Do not close your browser.

Hope this helps, if you have a tip to share or a suggestion leave it in the comment section of this post.

Has promised in the previous post I am posting a dozen Alternatives to Gmail, which are a Free webmail service providers. If you are looking for a free email service, you can be picky. Your chosen free email service will reward you with plenty of storage, effective spam filtering, a fast and productive interface, desktop email program as well as mobile access, and more. Find some of the top free email services listed here.

Yahoo! Mail Classic

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Yahoo! Mail Classic is a comfortable, reliable and secure email service with unlimited storage. A pretty good spam filter keeps the junk out, and you can send rich emails using Yahoo! Mail’s HTML editor.It is easy to see why Yahoo Mail has been a perennial favorite. You can attach files up to 25MB and check your mail on the go. Yahoo Mail’s best features are the functionality that you can find in your inbox. You can add and edit Flickr images, you can send files up to 100MB easily through drop.io, and you can even send money through Paypal within your Yahoo Mail account.

Windows Live Hotmail

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Windows Live Hotmail is a free email service that gives you 5 GB (and growing) of online storage, fast search, solid security, POP access and an interface easy as a desktop email program. When it comes to organizing mail, Windows Live Hotmail does not go beyond folders (to saved searches and tags, for example), its spam filter could be more effective, and IMAP access to all online folders would be nice. Microsoft Hotmail includes plenty of features, including advanced spam protection and emailing on the go. You can check the email from any separate accounts that you have so everything is in one place.

Zoho Mail

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There free version of Zoho mail offers personalized email addresses, instant messaging with the popular IM accounts and no advertisements. Zoho is offered both remotely and offline, so you can compose your messages to perfection before sending them into the world. Perhaps the best online alternative to the Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Zoho has just about everything you’d ever need: a spreadsheet, word processor, presentation program, project manager, notebook, wiki, web conferencing, mail, chat, database and CRM. This might actually be my choice of the future. Zoho Mail is a solid email service with ample storage, POP and IMAP access, some integration with instant messaging and online office suites. Aimed at professional users, Zoho Mail could be even more helpful organizing mail, identifying key messages and contacts, and sending oft-used replies.

Thunderbird

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Thunderbird’s easy installation process will have you up and running in no time. The program itself automatically updates, protects you against phishing attacks and strives hard to reduce any spam that may strike your email doorstep. The software is open source, so new add-ons and plug-ins are being created all the time. As I noted in the previous article, I’m a fan of Firefox … and Mozilla’s open-source Thunderbird is right behind it in terms of usefulness, functionality, speed and extensibility. Thunderbird, although not an online app, is a great alternative to Gmail. If you add Mozilla’s Lightning or Sunbird, you can replace Gcal too.

GMX

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Gather all of your email accounts into one with a GMX account. Access your mail from your phone or web browser. You can store up to 5GB in your personal email account with 50MB allotted for any one message. GMX’s servers run on green electricity generated from renewable energy. GMX Mail is a reliable email service filtered well of spam and viruses whose 5 GB of online storage you can use not only through a rich web interface but also via POP or IMAP from a desktop email program. More and smarter ways to organize mail could be nice.

FastMail

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FastMail is a great free email service with IMAP access, useful features, and a stellar web interface. It’s a pity FastMail does not offer truly effective spam filtering for free accounts, and more storage space for all users. FastMail offers business email and free personal email. Some features of the free account include 25MB email storage and the ability to make instant photo galleries. You have plenty of domain names to choose from if you don’t like Fastmail.fm.

Lavabit

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Lavabit’s basic account offers virus protection, 128MB of storage and up to 64MB in your outgoing message size. You can encrypt your files before sending them across the internet. Lavabit even offers antiviral protection.

Bigstring

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BigString lets you retrieve your emails before they get read, destroy emails, recall or change them. You have full control, including print control and storage control. You can set a limit on the number of times that your recipient looks at the email that you’ve set, or even prints it. Finally, you have full email control.

Hushmail

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Hushmail adds PGP (pretty good protection) encryption to every email that goes out and still remains easy to use. The application works on the BlackBerry and IPhone as well as offering Optional Outlook Integration. You can keep your data and email safe from prying eyes with the world’s most secure web based free email service.

AIM Mail

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AIM Mail, AOL’s free web-based email service, shines with unlimited online storage, very good spam protection and a rich, easy to use interface. Unfortunately, AIM Mail lacks a bit in productivity (no labels, smart folders and message threading), but makes up for some of that with very functional IMAP (as well as POP) access.

Mail.com

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Mail.com offers an unusual twist in that they offer numerous domain names for you to choose from including things like mail.com, email.com, techie.com, lawyer.com, and many, many more. The free version of the account lacks SMTP or POP3 functionality and only two months of account inactivity protection. Storage clocks in at 3 GB.

Inbox

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Inbox.com offers three plans with the basic free one offering 5 GB of storage, 90 days of inactivity account protection, SMTP and POP3 access, an online photo gallery and more. But one of the Best and secure Free webmail service out on the web.

Gawab

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Gawab is based out of Egypt, and its name is a phonetic spelling of the Arabic word for “letter.” The service offers 10 GB of storage, IMAP & POP3, 50 MB email attachments, delivery confirmation and more. The inbox is AJAX-based, and they also offer free SMS text messaging from inside of your account to various countries.

There are many more do list them in the Comments Section of this Post, what do you think is the Best Email Service Provider apart from Gmail and Yahoo.. Do let me know, until next week, take care and have a great week.

Gmail has an estimated 190 million users worldwide. Many even have multiple accounts, the forwarding and ‘send mail as’ features of Gmail actively encouraging this practice.

Which is why it was a rude shock to roughly 40,000 Gmail users when they logged in last week, only to find that all their data-emails, attachments, chats, contacts and documents-had vanished, and their accounts had been reset. The only thing these unlucky users had in their inbox were the automated ‘Welcome to Gmail’ emails.

However, all was not lost as Gmail keeps multiple copies of the data (even including offline, tape-based backup of user data) and they set about restoring the bug that caused the problem. Google later identified the issue as a software bug in a recently released storage software update. More than the number of users affected, this obviously got far more attention than it deserved and outlined the importance of not using Gmail as the sole repository for several gigabytes of critical data.

If the recent Gmail bug scared you enough to act, Here are multiple different ways to back up all your Gmail data so that any disruption in services, no matter how rare, won’t affect you in the least:

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Gmail-Backup

Gmail-Backup is a software tool which you can download for free from gmail-backup.com. To use it, you need to have IMAP access activated in Gmail. To do this, sign in to your Gmail account, click on the little ‘gear’ icon in the top right corner and click ‘Mail Settings’.

Here, under ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’, you can enable IMAP access. Gmail-backup will use IMAP access to create a complete backup of your accounts data on your hard drive.

Depending on how much data you have and the speed of your internet connection, this could take quite a while. Your computer and internet connection will need to be active for the duration of the transfer.

The softwate also has a restore function, to copy locally stored data back into a Gmail account. Gmail-backup’s website also has a forum which can address any issues you may have.

Create another Gmail account

In the event of another software bug or system crash, the chances of all Gmail accounts being compromised is minimal. Even when Gmail rolls out new features, they do so in phases – and this is primarily to identify and fix any teething issues.

Therefore, all you have to do is create another Gmail account and import all mails and contacts from your primary account.

To do this, sign in to your new Gmail account, click on the little ‘gear’ icon in the top right corner and click ‘Mail Settings’. Here, under ‘Accounts and Import’ you’ll be able to import mail from your old account.

Switching account

Hotmail may have lost out to Gmail when it comes to number of features, but they still have an estimated 364 million users-the highest in the world for any free email provider. And they want to make it all the more easier if you decide to make the switch from any other free email account to Hotmail.

To do the switch, Hotmail has tied up with TrueSwitch (trueswitch.com). TrueSwitch is normally a paid service that makes it easy to transfer all your email from one account to another. In this case, Hotmail will bear the expense, if you decide to switch. But you can use this feature to back up your Gmail data and still keep on using Gmail. To use the service, head to secure5.trueswitch.com/winlive and enter all the required credentials.

Mailstore

Another free solution for email backup, Mailstore (mailstore.com) can access multiple online email inboxes using POP3 or IMAP access. The process is easy enough; just download the free software and enter in your email credentials. Like Gmail-backup, Mailstore has an online community which can address backup problems.

Gmail Keeper

For a one-time price of $19.95, Gmail Keeper (gmailkeeper.com) offers a Gmail-specific backup tool that is easy to understand and can backup all folders and labels in Gmail (including the inbox, sent mail, starred mail, drafts and so on). It can backup everything as a .ZIP file to your hard drive. It also offers the ability to back up multiple Gmail accounts at the same time.

Backupify

Backupify (backupify.com) can backup all kinds of online services that you use, such as Gmail, Google Docs, Picasa, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Zoho and Blogger. Once backed up, you can search through, download or restore the data at any time.

They offer three plans; a free plan that can backup up to 5 accounts with a storage limit of 2GB per account, a Pro 100 plan that can back up 25 different accounts with 20GB storage per account for $4.99 a month and a Pro 500 plan that can back up an unlimited number of accounts with unlimited storage for $19.99 a month.

Local email client backup

This is a no-brainer, and should be done even if you continue to use online access for Gmail and other accounts. Any email client like Mozilla’s Thunderbird (mozillamessaging.com/thunderbird), Eudora (eudora.com), Apple Mail, Outlook, Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail can be used to download your mail.

You need to enable POP3 in Gmail (once again in the ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’ in the Mail Settings area of Gmail). The settings are simple enough; incoming server name is pop.gmail.com, protocol is POP, port is 995 and your Gmail username and password will have to be entered of course.

If you have more tips share them in the Comments section of this post, also in the next week post I will share my top alternatives to Gmail, so check them back…