At the end of The Mystery of Dustin Curtis’s Locked Apple ID Josh writes “… what about iCloud Mail and iCloud Drive?” and “Ensuring the continuity of certain services is yet another facet of a modern backup strategy…” I use iCloud mail as my main personal mail. I realized that I have not thought my backup strategy through. I have backup of my mail back to 26/10/1993 both on a local Asustor NAS and Google Cloud Cold Storage using Arq Backup. I also have a crontab based rsync script that makes a copy of my iCloud drive on my 2010 MacPro.
# * * * * * command to be executed # - - - - - # | | | | | # | | | | +----- day of week (0 - 6) (Sunday=0) # | | | +------- month (1 - 12) # | | +--------- day of month (1 - 31) # | +----------- hour (0 - 23) # +------------- min (0 - 59) # 45 13 * * * rsync -avE /Users/<you>/Documents/* /Volumes/Extra/rsync_from_iCloud/ 2>&1 | /usr/bin/logger
If you try this check your iCloud document path. It can be like this as well: /Users//Library/Mobile\ Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/Documents. Drag and drop into terminal is your friend.
I backup that copy to my NAS and Google Cloud Cold Storage too.
But I have not even started to prepare for being locked out of iCloud mail. Have you? If yes, what is your plan?
Are you better off moving your mail to a service like Fastmail?