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Yahoo mail & Gmail: Is deleted email totally gone?


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#1 GoshenBleeping

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:50 PM

When I delete email in either Yahoo mail or Gmail, is the mail physically deleted so that the Yahoo & Google email servers no longer store the email,and the email can no longer be accessed by any means? Or is the email just deleted from the list of email in my account, but the actual email message is still stored somewhere on Yahoo or Google servers?

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:43 AM

Deleted mail goes initially to the "Trash" folder in Gmail where it remains for 30 days so that you can restore it in the same way that Windows stores deleted files in the Recycle Bin. You can manually delete these 'deleted mails' by opening that folder and then choosing the option to "Empty Trash Now" after which they'll be gone forever.

As regards Yahoo, I'm afraid I don't have a Yahoo mail account so I can't help you there, but I would imagine there's a similar option available.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:50 PM

Then again there is the fine print of maintaining deleted mail for law enforcement/Government purposes. Each ISP has their own criteria that they follow. You would have to read each ISP's TOS to know how long they maintain a record of deleted emails on their servers. And even then I'm sure that the exact timeframe is obscured by legal mumbo jumbo and indecipherable unless you have a law degree and or training in the field.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:20 AM

If you're really concerned about privacy, open a free account with Hushmail: http://www.hushmail.com/about/technology/




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