I just need to rant somewhere... So ignore me if you must - Going to be long.
Yesterday afternoon opened up Gmail and everything was fine... I deleted a few emails and was reading about a new feature it has. All was good. Then, we had to leave, so I just closed the whole brower, just like I always do. We're gone maybe 3 hours and come home. No one but Patch and the cat were here. About an hour after we got home, I go to open my email and I had been signed out - which does happen every once in a while - no problem... Go to enter my password and nothing. Go to clear everything out and do it again, thinkin' maybe something was wrong... still nothing.
Then, I go to reset my password and don't get an email for it, nothing to my phone, either (I had it set up to where if I had to reset my password, it would send a code to my phone to reset it - and that didn't work, either). Did a recorvery on the password and got nothing for that, either. It expects me to remember when I set the account up and because I got Gmail when it was still in Beta, I was sent an invitation for it... So I don't remember who sent it, which email account it was sent to, or when it was sent. So, I answer the form with the best information I could.
I go to check another account that I never check on Yahoo that I've had for years and it's been deactivated - Which is the one I think was my secondary account for Gmail. So on the forms for it to contact me, I put my other Yahoo account and still got nothing. Finally, the form emails me saying that it can't find my account. So, I send an email to my Gmail to see if the email gets bounced back, and got nothing. Find a different form and fill it out, a little different this time. it sends me one back saying there's nothing wrong with my account and to log-in and change my password (!!!!!) which I can't do that!
I fill out the first form again and still got nothing to my email or phone. Gmail doesn't lock out your account for too many wrong password attempts. I never got to my secret question like I was supposed to, either. I'm getting HIGHLY pissed off at this point because the damn Gmail account is the one I use for EVERYTHING - oh, and I'm trying to get another job, which I used that account for... wonderful) I do some searching on the help forms and find out it's happened to a bunch of people in the last couple of years. A lot of people said they got hijacked, some said someone just managed to get into their accounts -whatever.
Because Gmail is free, Google doesn't offer tech support on the phone... So you can't call, unless you have their advertising stuff. So that's no good for me. You can't try to log into your accout for 48 hours, or it just keeps resetting itself so you can't answer questions. Some people had to wait 2 weeks for Google to realize that they did nothing wrong and gave them their accounts back. Some never got them back.
I remember none of my contacts. There's some stuff in there that I need back. As for now though, I've changed my email on my bank info, my phone info, this and my facebook. Just can't remember a whole lot of anything else. I'm really irritated right now. I've scanned for viruses, I have none. I have Windows 7 and can't even find where Outlook is to set up an account there... I just hope I can get my stuff back... and soon. Again, sorry this is so long and sorry if it made no sense...