Horcrux Email Backup works automatically and unobtrusively

By Aaron Lee

Questions about data sovereignty, data security and cloud computing may seem most appropriate for corporations and governments, but the issues are important for every person who has an email account. Technichor's Horcrux Email Backup is a Mac app that lets email users automatically keep their data rather than surrendering it to third party services. And it’s useful because it runs in the background, so you don’t have to give it a lot of thought.

Most people who use email use one of the major third-party providers like Appl Mail or Gmail. The data which is stored with these providers actually belongs to the provider, not to the user. As a result, some folks have been surprised to discover that they can lose access to their data without any recourse.

Horcrux is a background app that takes daily snapshots of email account state similar to Apple's Time Machine. The app allows users to browse the emails and undelete specific emails. Another feature of Horcrux is the option it gives people to change email providers without losing all prior data. Horcrux will migrate all the emails to another email service, retaining all tags and hierarchies. The latest version (3.0.3) adds a troubleshooting guide for common set-up problems.

Horcrux Email Backup requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $19.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A demo is available at the Horcrux website.