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Google Disables 150,000 Gmail Accounts

by Emily Price | February 28, 2011February 28, 2011 9:00 am EST

A Gmail glitch caused 150,000 users accounts to be reset Sunday morning. The glitch, which reportedly only affected .08% of the total Gmail users, made it so when those users opened their email accounts they were taken to a welcome screen; as if they had just signed up for a Gmail account.

All of those individual’s emails were deleted, as well as all of their saved contact information, and any Google chat logs associated with their account. Google is currently working to rectify the issue, and posted the following message 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.”

While Google is attempting to restore those accounts back to normal, there is no guarantee that it will be able to restore all of a person’s lost emails or contacts. The entire situation should be a reminder for all of us to back up our online email accounts (Gmail or not) elsewhere, in the event that something happens to our account and we lose that information.

If you have a Gmail account, there is a free application called Gmail Backup, that will backup all of your Gmail information to your computer.

Were any of you affected by the Gmail bug? What do you do to backup your online accounts?

[via Engadget]

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...