This means that all the contacts in my address book are lost, and I have a new address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please as many of you as know me send me a mail so I can build up an address book again.
God knows what happened but I've taken three days trying to recover it before taking this step of setting up a new one.
Look forward to hearting from you mate and please can you spread the word around.
This is not a spam, I am not clever enough to do that, probably why it has happened in the first place, I think I mistyped the password wrong once and then got my secret question (first car, ford prefect, actually ford popular) wrong. Help by mailing in if you get chance
In reply to Al Evans:
there is a folder/file in windows that holds all the addresses, which may allow you to recover them. I can look it up (location wise) if no-one cleverer knows already, or has a better idea.
> I think I mistyped the password wrong once and then got my secret question (first car, ford prefect, actually ford popular) wrong.
Al, most email services do not lock you out permanently for mistyping a password. There is often a time-delay before you can make another attempt at gaining access (usually several minutes, but gmail says 5 days FFS!). The point is that your original account is probably still active, but you'll have to wait a while before attempting to log-in. But more important, you've now publicly issued your secret question! So anybody with your account name (probably not too difficult to guess) can now access your original account.
> (In reply to Hairy Pete) Except they don't have my password!
Isn't that the point of having the secret question? i.e. You, or they, try to login to your account, password fails, you or they then use the secret question to reset the password. That's usually how it works, although I have to insert the caveat that I don't use gmail - so the details might be different.
In reply to MikeTS: OK. after over a week of sending info back and forth I have me e-mail reinstated so all of you that are ever likely to can use the e-mail address that you know. I have no idea what answer to what question suddenly decided them to reinstate it, I'm just glad that now I have all my contacts back, and they have me back too. Plus things like my CC newsletter etc will still be accessible.