I have come back to this awesome comic for nearly 10 years now. I finally had to log it here because it’s worthy.
I will eventually expand this to other areas of tech, but for now enjoy this!
My goal: Move my email safely from one email service provider to another (IMAP).
I was surprised that it wasn’t that easy to find a simple step by step tutorial out there to do this. I hope this tutorial will help someone. If your email account is old, this process may take quite a bit of time, so please allow a few hours or have a second computer to work on while the process is happening.
-make sure no other inboxes on other machines are being used at this time (ie. mobiles, other computers)
-assumptions are that you have already using Thunderbird email client on your computer
-tutorials always work better if Ubuntu is your operating system
-if you have created local folders in Thunderbird (folders that reside on the computer itself and don’t sync with the email IMAP syncs) then note that these will not be affected but you should consider them in your back up procedures because they also will not be backed up
1. Create your new email service with new provider
This is pretty obvious, but just make sure it’s all set up and that it is an IMAP setup. We will assume IMAP moving forward. Make sure your user name and password are handy
2. Create a new email account in Thunderbird, name it ‘new email server’ (or something to distinguish it as new provider), and plug in the credentials as you set it up
Most good email service providers will have a dedicated tutorial about how to set up an email account with their company using Thunderbird. If they don’t consider ditching them as a company because they are weird and probably useless and a recipe for future pain. If you can’t track it down, this one should get you going from the folks at Mozilla
3. Make sure you subscribe to all IMAP folders on *both* old and new servers
4. Click through each IMAP folder (inbox, sent, drafts, etc) and make sure all items are downloaded to target machine in Thunderbird
If you use multiple machines with your email, you should do this to make sure that this machine is up to date with email sync (ie. make sure that all your email machines have connected to the internet and synced up email). Once you click through each email folder you’ll see the status bar showing progress of items downloading if any. You may choose not to transfer your trash over (it is trash after all) but it works same way as any other folder. Once you’ve clicked through each IMAP folder on *old/current* email provider and activity is over, proceed to the next step. Please note the updates may take time if this machine has not been updated recently or at all.
5. Select all items in folder
Starting with the inbox IMAP folder, press ‘control A’ which will select all the email messages in the inbox folder. They will be highlighted so you know they are selected.
6. Right click and ‘move to’ all the items to new server
You will see the new, nicely named server and it’s inbox when you right click. You won’t, however, see the sub directories like spam, drafts, etc. Once you touch it with your mouse, however, they will appear. Drop the inbox items into the inbox IMAP directory of new server. Please note, again, this will take time because the new email server is uploading the emails. In my case it was about 15 minutes to do about 5000 emails.
7. Repeat steps 4-6 for the rest of the IMAP directories
8. Turn off old email, Turn on new
Once all the transfers are done, what I did was just change the Thunderbird password settings in my account settings to something incorrect so that my old email could no longer connect to the email server. Then I simply started using the new email inbox as per normal. I just wanted to make sure everything was transferred correctly before I go back and wipe everything associated with the old email inbox/account.
And that’s it. You should now have the old email server on your computer which is essentially disabled and useless and the new email server properly working. You’ll also need to copy over your email signatures and all that stuff to the new server as a reminder.
Also note that when you are sending emails, if you don’t delete the old email server, there is a possibility that Thunderbird will default sending from the old one and receiving so you’ll have emails not working and you’ll think it’s broken. That’s why naming the account something obvious is important because you can update those on the fly through the dropdown ‘reply-to’ field (from). It will give you your old server and new server in the option list.
I think that covers it. Enjoy!
I love this post and I come back to it time and time again. However, it is now both out of date and also needs further commenting. First, though, go take a look and enjoy the original here:
Here are my updates, and I’d love any extras or edits you could provide to make it better:
- still sends out warnings about the latest email scams
- is likely from China and thinks this is a way to be more north american, much like changing their name from Wong Wing-Luen to Wayne Wong or Hsien Yang Lee to Stanford Lee – except they missed the memo that firstname.lastname@example.org might not land them the dream job…
- thinks that gmail is somehow more secure than hotmail
- is in denial that google is an american spy agency with sociopathic tendencies
- thinks that it’s totally ok for google to spy on their inbox and GPS location in exchange for such a great free email and creepy-accurate search engine
- says ‘I don’t have anything to hide’ when someone explains the violation of their privacy
- runs google stuff on their iphone just to be sure no one accuses them of being slave to just one task master
- is surprised, even horrified about what google has seen of their private life, yet continues to use it
- periodically watches CNN news
- Godaddy is ‘alright with them’
- got an ipad for christmas from their kids or grandkids and since it ain’t broke why try to fix it?
- forwards videos of pets doing funny things and historic ones of when things were better
- think they are really becoming ‘techies’ and use the word ‘techie’ regularly
- think that real business people use Microsoft
- teach business courses at the local college
- run small book keeping businesses
- pay lots of money for anti-virus software and buy a new computer (with Windows) when Windows slows it down
Something happened today. I got an email from someone I know who in normal times doesn’t not freely speak of God or His word. When in person it would be a rare occasion to talk about the riches of the Bible or what God is doing in our lives. Then, randomly I got this well-meaning email forward from here which necessitated a ‘holy rant’:
* Hi Lord, it’s me.* *We are getting older and things are getting bad here.* * Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs too high.* * I know some have taken you out of our schools, government, veteran’s funerals, and even* *Christmas. But Lord I’m asking you to come back* *and re-bless Canada. We really need you!* *There are more of us who want you than those who don’t!* * Thank You Lord,* *I Love you.* * ** * * “Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.”*
Let’s begin, shall we. “Hi, Lord it’s me”???? Nice intro! I can just imagine the omnipotent all-knowing Creator turning around and saying ‘Woah! You really crept up on me there! Whassup, kid?”
I have a strong hunch God knew it was you speaking… but here is the actual copy and paste reply to the email:
i don’t want to seem like a downer, but, these kind of messages show that the person doesn’t know the Jesus of the Bible:
1. Jesus was never in Christmas (refer to our age old chat). He was stuck onto a pagan holiday by people who liked the celebration of their days.
2. why should a god that people don’t care about be stuck in school? Should we force people to love Him? Jesus didn’t do that to me. He waited patiently for me, paved the way and then ran to me when I repented. I am partially on the seat on this topic but I lean much more content to separate the secular from the Holy. I don’t want my God mixed up in the ugliness of the thing they now call education. Thank God Jesus isn’t in that mess. The solution, by the way, is that so many people meet Jesus that everyone wants Bible study all day at school! Now that I can believe for!
3. government?? serious? When has Jesus ever been glorified in government? There have been believers in government. The Israel of the old testament was a different case and requires much time to expound on why, but since then and the resurrection of Jesus I can’t see how the truth of God’s word would be tolerated by a group of people who hate Him….
4. veterans? that’s a totally different topic. that brings up the mennonites and the other bible believers who decided that it’s not ok to kill people for their government anymore. but I’ll sit on the fence on this one. I also might take up arms against wicked men…
5. prices and monetary system:
a) God told us inflation would reach an epidemic level before his return in the book of Revelation:
6And I heard a voice from among the four living beings say, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s pay. And don’t waste the olive oil and wine.
b) he also said don’t worry about stuff in earth where rust and moth are going to destroy them anyways. He gives food to the birds and behold! I have a gut.
c) no jobs? I’ve got a good idea Start a business and make jobs. Problem solved. And that’s also in the Bible where Paul made tents to support his preaching addiction.
d) ‘there are more of us that want You than those who don’t’??? That’s totally, completely – FALSE. It always has been, and it always will be. Here is the scripture:
The Narrow Gate (Luke 13:22-30)
13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and **many** there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and **few** there be that find it.
FEW will ever meet Jesus and go to heaven.
MANY will walk down the nice comfy road of the five senses that leads to the fiery (and eternal) pit of hell.
I don’t doubt that this person is trying to love Jesus, but Jesus *is* the word of God. It’s because of mamby-pamby ‘christianese’ like these emails that people think that this is all the body of Christ has to offer our world: A weak commentary on how bad the world is.
Great news! The world is the single best place I have ever set my feet and each day I awake I couldn’t think of another place or life I’d rather live. If they read the Bible they would quickly see the real Jesus and their hearts would melt within themselves (like what happened to my wife recentlY) and turn from their cold-hearted and wicked ways.
These *are* the last days. And even if they *aren’t* the last days, they could very well be *my* last days. By His grace i’M standing today and by his grace I breath.
a mighty fire has been kindled in my heart towards the Great God Jehovah and his son Jesus and my Comforter the Holy Spirit of God.
I will have not less than the real deal.
I will walk the narrow path.
End hard preaching.
Oh, by the way, I write this all in love. If it didn’t truly ignite something inside of me I wouldn’t have spent the time writing it. These kind of ‘christians’ are spreading a really lame gospel because they haven’t opened their Bibles. Thanks! This email cemented lots of cool stuff inside of me as well.
If you don’t have encryption on at least your email, you might as well send the information on a postcard for the world to see. If you don’t like the idea of the content of your email being put onto a postcard then you need to set up PGP as today’s best solution. Is it amazingly easy? No. Like anything it takes a little time to get started. Is it worth it? How do you feel when you wear a seat belt in a car versus when you don’t? PGP is a seat belt for your privacy and I love the feeling of knowing that even if I accidentally send the email to the wrong person, only my intended PGP-enabled recipient can read it, not the whole world. All lawyers, real estate agents, doctors, and such professions should honour their duty of privacy by using it immediately, or at least strongly recommending it to their clients/recipients. But don’t wait for them to do the right thing when you can start right now for free.
Video how PGP works
Good video showing how PGP encryption works to secure your email data
Tutorial about how to set up your computer:
For more detailed information and original set up tutorial, click original source
Tutorial for desktop (Ubuntu comes with Thunderbird by default):
Tutorial for Webmail
Mobile PGP Solutions
Retroshare is awesome. It’s secure. It’s simple (once you get rolling) and it’s highly useful. I found getting the initial few friends in was a ‘little’ tricky without a familiarization tour so here is a video I made to help folks out. I sent it to my mom so we’ll know how effective it is shortly, we hope…