What would you do if you had purchased a software program that would archive your Gmail mails and found out that the software sends your username and password to the Gmail account of the author of the software? That's apparently what has happened to users who purchased the program G-Archiver by John Terry.
Dustin Brooks reverse engineered the program and discovered the plain text username and password of the software developer. He was wondering why someone put his own mail information in the source code and discovered that it was being used to send the username and password of the G-Archiver user to the author's own email account.
With the login credentials at hand, he decided to investigate further and logged into the Gmail account of John Terry only to find out that the Inbox had 1777 messages each containing usernames and passwords of users of the software.
If you have been using G-Archiver make sure you change your password immediately and report the incident to the online store where you made the purchase. It is also a good idea to contact Google because they can then lock the account so that emails cannot be accessed anymore, reset user passwords of affected accounts, and even use legal means to track down the author of the program.
The main problem here is that users trusted the author and the promises he made about the program. Just a little bit of research would have lead to other safer options, such as integrating Gmail into a local email client such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
The effect would be the same but without any trust issues as both programs that I have mentioned in the last paragraph are developed by legitimate companies and organizations.
Probably the best alternative that you have right now to back up all your Gmail emails is Mailstore Home. It is regularly updated and supports Gmail out of the box. While you still need to supply your account credentials to make this work, you do not have to worry about handing over your data to a third-party that abuses your trust.
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