Earlier today while I was composing an email, Gmail tells me i've logged out. Odd, because I didn't click on the 'signout' link since I was busy writing an email. So I refresh the page and it gives me this message
"Our system indicates unusual usage of your Gmail account. In order to protect Gmail users from potential harmful use of Gmail, this account has been disabled for 24hrs
Oh crap, my account has been locked for 24 hrs at the whim of some Google Bot. The only third party application I have is the Google Notifier developed by Google themselves.
What did I do wrong? Nothing.
I check back 15 mins later and my account is magically unlocked! No abracadabra or Open Sesame though. I go back 30 mins later, its locked again! Luckily, I have my Gmail setup for POP access. So I can use MS Outlook to send and receive emails. So a word to the wise, if you have a critical Gmail account, enable POP access if Gmail decides to bail on you for some reason then you use Outlook or Thunderbird to send/receive email(remember that Gmail is classified as Beta).
Currently, Gmail seems to working fine. Which brings me to issue: Why is my account being disabled for 24hrs by a bot. No human looks at it? I know it is too much to ask, but this is an email service and its critical for many people. Its not some RSS reader, or some random service which they can disable. Losing email for 24hrs can be down right fatal, and in my case losing it to a random bug is downright pissing me off.
Get your act straight Google.