How to Back Up Your Most Important Emails...?

This Wired article talks about the different ways you can back up your important emails, but their recommendations make me wonder. I don't necessarily want all my emails forwarded to another mailbox hosted somewhere else. What if that somewhere else isn't as secure? Couldn't that be exploited to allow a bad actor to receive and abuse password reset emails? Maybe accounts that use multi-factor authentication would be immune, but not everybody provides this as an option.

Right now, I feel like the safest place for my email backup is in the hands of a cloud email provider, behind strong security that includes multi-factor authentication. I'm really not sure how I'd go about making local (or other) backups of all my email history. What do you do for your important emails, dear readers?

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