This might happen to you!
My Google (Gmail) account is gone
Friday afternoon at about 11.37am I got a forwarded mail from my Gmail account (I use this account for web administration) and I was amazed because I didn’t forward the message. After a while, I tried using the same account to access a website i was design and was unable to connect to my Gmail account.
I tried the password…it didn’t work.
After several tries, i decided to click “Can’t access your account” and entered the necessary details. To my surprise, i was informed that my account had been deleted.
What I believed could have happened?
I think a hacker got into my account
carried out some unauthorised activities e.g forward a mail from my inbox to my other Gmail account and google caught it and disabled the account.
What you need to do to restore your account?
Simply follow the onscreen instruction. you will need to have the following ready
Your secret question and the answer.
Five (5) email accounts that you frequently send or recieve mails from.
Four labels from your mail e.g. Notes, Travel, Personal, Work or whichever folder you created. *Incase you don’t know what a label is, this is a folder where you can move specific mails/related mails to.
You will be asked to mention Google apps you use with the account
You will also be asked for the month and year the account was created and also when you used the app. *You need not remember the specific date. The closest date you started using the account will suffice.
Once you provide all these information, Google will process the query and normally get back to you within the next few minutes. (Even though it says between 3-5 days)
You will need your alternate email and a mail address that you can be reached.
Once Google is satisfied, you will receive a mail containing the link to restoring your account. Once you click the link, Whola! Your account will be REACTIVATED!
If your Gmail was your main account, I can imagine your state of mind when you got the message that your account has been deleted. Well worry not for there are alternative means of backing up your email account. Below are some useful information
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Backing up your online accounts, including Google Apps, Twitter, Facebook, flickr, and more. Tweet them for support and questions or email email@example.com
For other ways to backup your mail accounts:
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Another method is to acquire your own domain and have Google Apps handle the email. So, if something happens to your account, all that you are required to do is just to change your DNS settings to somewhere else and your email address doesn’t disappear.
Futhermore, using an insecure password is not advisable. It makes it easy for whoever hacks into the account to easily gain access to your accounts. The best combination of password is to mix alphabet and numbers e.g. Alltheway123
It is also advisable that you always have a different password for the things that matter to you like:
- domain registrar
Also you can download apps/application like keeper, lastpass etc. What they do is to store all passwords in one place, and you can also categorise them for easy access. I also love that I can change my important passwords as often as needed and I don’t have to worry about remembering them. *You can google keeper, lastpass or simply search for ‘how to store my password’.
Go through the process of farmiliarising yourself with the information you provided at the registration of the mail account
Provide an altenate email. This useful for sending mails concerning the account
Store your passwords some where safe
Use secured password combinations