Gmail Lockdown in Sector 4!

Gmail Lockdown in Sector 4!

This is not good. This is not good at all. If you’re trying to reach me and I haven’t responded yet, this might be why.

I have to say that this is the first time I’ve really noticed the difference between Gmail as a web service and a desktop application. Mac’s Mail has never shut me out. This had better get worked out quickly, or I might cease to be such a loyal Gmailer. They’ve got all my messages and have been my only personal email account for years.

Here’s a helpful note from the Gmail team (sent to my work email address when I filed an error report):

Thank you for your report. We apologize for any confusion or
inconvenience. For your security, we may temporarily disable access to
your account if our system detects abnormal usage. Abnormal usage
includes, but is not limited to:- Receiving, deleting, or popping out large amounts of mail (via POP) in a
short period of time

  • Sending a large number of undeliverable messages (messages that bounce


  • Using third party file-sharing or storing software, or software that

automatically logs in to your account and that is not supported by Gmail

  • Multiple instances of your Gmail account opened
  • Browser-related issues. Please note that if you find your browser

continually reloading while attempting to access your inbox, it is likely
a browser issue.

I used to have some Greasemonkey scripts that ran on Gmail, but I disabled them ages ago. This lockdown occurred when I received a message from the iTunes Music Store, letting me know that my preorder of Bruce Springsteen’s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions was ready for download (yay!). I clicked the link, iTunes opened, and whammo! No more Gmail.

Consider yourself warned.

Update: an hour later, my account has been unlocked. I probably should have given the Gmail team a little more credit (I do understand there are valid reasons for taking precautions, especially for security or anti-spam, which I support) before jumping the gun, but surely my gut reaction to such a fearful message is understandable and forgivable.