This has been a crazy week with some side effects that impacted posts on this blog, my other blogs and cross posting to Facebook, Twitter (not yet fixed) and Tumblr.
For several months, I had my email service provided by mail.com. Abruptly and without warning, on Tuesday they sent an email to my alternate email address saying their security systems detected “irregular account activity” and for precaution, had blocked access to my email. I filled in their online form to request access restored to my email.
They denied restoration, said the account is closed and specifically said they can not even tell me why. I am not alone as many others reported on Twitter that they too saw their accounts blocked.
I have written a review of the situation at one of my other blogs. General message: Strongly avoid using any mail.com services or services of 1&1 Mail & Media or 1&1 Internet. See the link for details.
A side effect of the abrupt loss of critical email accounts is that many of the posts on my blogs are associated with the now closed email accounts. While that is fixable (still working on it), it also resulted in cross posting from my blogs to other social media falling apart. Updating many dozens of online accounts, plus contacts, and others with new email addresses has been very time consuming and was not how I planned to spend my time this week! There is still more work to be done next week.