Here at DCT we constantly harp on making backups to protect yourself against dire events. It’s good advice. But many people seem to think that if their data is in the “cloud”, it is safe. This is far from the truth, however. If you read the small print in the terms of service, all of these cloud services offer the same lament; they are not responsible for data loss. Plain and simple– if they lose your stuff, there’s nothing you can do about it. The only exceptions I might think of would be dedicated backup services which charge you money. Free eMail services such as Google’s Gmail, or Yahoo, or Microsoft’s Outlook offer no such guarantees. Once again, you are on your own. That’s where MailStore enters the stage.
MailStore is free software that will download all your Gmail, for example, to your local computer. It can be set up to do the same thing with many other services as well.
Not only will MailStore back up online services, you have the option of backing up local clients like Mozilla Thunderbird, too. As shown in the next image, you can create backups to another hard drive or to a USB stick if you like.
The Start Screen contains convenient links to check for new updates and change logs, and provides a link to download and install the program. If you should have questions, there are also many links to various help resources right in the program. Very nice.
Password Protection is also a much appreciated feature. Without it, anyone who has access to your computer will have access to all your eMail, too. Something to think about if you are using a laptop and constantly on the go.
The search options are flexible and since everything is on your computer, the results are lightning fast. I much prefer it to the options provided by any online client and you can fine-tune your searches to a much greater degree.
MailStore can be installed or can be used as a portable program, meaning you can take it with you anywhere. I really like portable software. That in combination with “free” makes my day. Free in this case means “free for non-commercial use”.
I have been using MailStore for several years now and have no reason to complain. It does exactly what it is supposed to. The interface is intuitive and easy to learn.
Some of you may have thousands, or tens of thousands, of eMail sitting on a server somewhere. How would you feel if that service lost them all and you had no way to get them back? Use MailStore and you won’t have that problem (as long as you back up your computer, that is). I’m going to steal a line from Dave here: “You can’t have too many backups!”
If you would like to give MailStore a whirl, you can pick it up at their website. Here’s the MailStore Home Page. I can’t recommend a program more highly.
If you try it out, please let us know what you think,