I use a lot of google's services - gmail for a nice generic address, analytics for my website, google bookmarks to keep my stuff organized. I hadn't had any problems - until today.
About 5:45 eastern time my email kicks up an error asking me to reenter my password. Now I've had a little bit of flakiness before with this. Re-enter the password and away you go. Generally I figured it was because I run two computers - my mac laptop and my windows desktop, sometimes at the same time and they sometimes stomp on each other. At least that's what I assumed was the issue. I didn't think much of it - it worked. And there had been an increase in "bounce backs" to my gmail account - but anyone with half a brain could look at the headers and see the mail just had my address in the "from" and didn't come from google in any way. And the google spam filters seem to be getting worse...
So I try to log in a few times and I can't get in. First rule of can't log in (when you know the password is right) - you change your password. So I set that in motion, get a mail to my "main" mail account (on a server I control) to do the reset...and get a "your account is locked" message.
So I jump through a few more hoops and find a place to report a problem. And get a form letter back
Thank you for your report.
You're receiving this auto-reply message because you indicated that your Gmail
account has been disabled.
Please note that when we detect unusual usage of your account, we may
temporarily disable access to the account as we investigate. Please wait 24
hours and re-try to login to your account.
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your account has been disabled' message, please try logging in through the web
interface at https://mail.google.com. When we detect unusual usage of your
account, Gmail sometimes requires users to respond to a 'captcha
<https ://www.google.com/accounts/DisplayUnlockCaptcha>,' consisting of a set of
distorted letters, to log in to their account.
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"It may be locked for up to 24 hours" - what? So if someone has hijacked my account I can't change my password? I have to wait around for 24 hours guessing when things WILL be unlocked and HOPE I'm the first one in and that the secondary email address hasn't changed? And here is the big failure with single sign on. Not only can I not get to my gmail, I can't access my bookmarks or the analytics on my site.
I replied to the mail - an hour later still nothing.
So, forget this, I'm ditching gmail. Even hotmail never gave me this kind of trouble. - If you need to contact me, do not use firstname.lastname@example.org - if you had sent me something there and never get a reply, send it to my php.net email address and it'll find me in the right place.
I guess maybe I'll have to give yahoo a try...