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Posts: 2440
Joined: August 2008
Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favourite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA

Hotmail warning

Post by Margaret » Sat October 8th, 2011, 10:26 pm

Hotmail just deleted every email in my account without any warning. My old email server had set me up with Hotmail as my email interface, then switched me off it (involuntarily - my incoming emails just stopped coming to Hotmail), but I had a lot of old messages stored in the Hotmail inbox that I needed to refer to from time to time. I cannot get them back. I've checked various online message boards, and apparently there is no recourse, because the accounts are free, and when you sign up for one you take the chance they will delete any emails over 30 days old. I've had this account for years, and they never deleted any of my emails before, but evidently they recently exercised this option with a lot of their accounts, because people all over the web are complaining about it.

If you want to keep old emails and refer back to them, don't use Hotmail as your server!

If you're using Hotmail now, I would advise immediately forwarding any stored emails you might want to keep to another inbox, and then getting rid of your Hotmail account so you will no longer get emails there and risk losing them. If you don't have another inbox, you can easily sign up for gmail at Google. I hear they are pretty reliable, and so far I have had no problems with my gmail account.
Browse over 5000 historical novel listings (probably well over 5000 by now, but I haven't re-counted lately) and over 700 reviews at www.HistoricalNovels.info

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Posts: 3564
Joined: August 2008
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun October 9th, 2011, 12:12 am

Thanks for the warning, Margaret! I have switched to gmail and really love it. As far as my old Yahoo! accounts, the stuff that's really important I copy and paste into a word file. Especially addresses.

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