A friend of mine had his gmail account compromised by those friendly Nigerians who claimed he'd been mugged needed money etc etc... Fortunately no one fell for it. HOWEVER - the friendly Nigerians, having used his gmail to get into his facebook changed his password to both gmail and facebook, then deleted ALL his contacts, and all his email - sent and received etc. One assumes that this is to ensure he couldn't send out an 'urk! ignore ignore' email. Annnyway - my life is excessively dependent on my emails and online contacts... he was extremely peeved - I'd have been devastated. And it got me thinking... If it happened to me, with my phone synced - would all my phone contacts suddenly disappear - or once I'd synced once with gmail, should I stop it syncing unless I do it manually? Is there a way to back up gmail emails offline?