Most people don't think about backing up their email. This is especially true if you use webmail services such as Gmail or Outlook.com. Here, your messages are stored on secure servers that can be accessed from anywhere. What happens if your service goes down? Or a hacker gets access to your account?
It can be a huge headache to find yourself without an internet connection, even if you are in a remote location and need it urgently. If you follow our guide, backing up your messages will ensure that you always have a copy.
Before you begin
While most of us are able to back up our computers in the event of an emergency, very few people do this for their email. Although most webmail providers have backups of your emails in multiple places, it is not an absolute guarantee of safety. Would you be upset to lose all your email? If you answered yes, then you should consider taking steps to protect them.