I am looking for a backup free e-mail service, for when ATT/SBCGlobal/Yahoo
(these are my current providers, and they seem to all be the same thing)
I want free POP access; I don't need a lot of on line features.
Gmail is a big snoop.
|I am looking for a backup free e-mail service, for when ATT/SBCGlobal/Yahoo
| (these are my current providers, and they seem to all be the same thing)
| goes down.
| I want free POP access; I don't need a lot of on line features.
I got an account at inbox.com, simply because the
other sites I looked at required a real email account as ID
before one could get one of their accounts! (The only
thing worse than having Google rifle through your desk
is for Google to be spamming youwhile they do it. :)
Inbox just requires that you check your email at least
every 90 days at their online site. But you can set up
POP3. (I mainly just have it for companies that refuse
to do business without an email account, so I don't
really use my inbox account, but I have used the POP3
functionality and it worked fine.)
I have a niece in tech who's using hushmail. I haven't
looked into it, but it's supposed to be more private than
the mainstream, freebie services.
Other options are to pay a couple dollars per month for
a more legitimate service, or get your own domain. The
latter option is something that most people don't consider,
but it's not hard to do. I pay $9/month for a fully functional
website and something like 100 possible email addresses.
And you don't have to be email@example.com if you
have your own domain. You can be firstname.lastname@example.org
You could set up a website or not. Some people just
"park" the domain and use it for email, maybe file transfers,
Web hosting is a lot like email, though. If you want free
or very cheap then you can't expect a legitimate product.
Cheapo hosts may sub out your email to the likes of
Google or Yahoo. Or they may not even provide full email
service. The business is crowded with $2/month bargain
services that promise unlimited everything but assume
that you won't actually use their resources.
On Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:32:48 -0800, "taxed and spent"
Not bad, not a lot of crap to click through to get to your inbox.
Just started to try it out. Not bad so far. I think it is in Russia so
the creators probably don't like Obama and I'd give them a higher
rating just for that.
Way too many screens to click through to get to your inbox. This is
why I went looking for and started using yandex.
There are many others. Give some a try and if you're not pleased
abandon it and move on to the next. Besides, nobody uses their real
info for these throw-away accounts anyway.
For "peristent" accounts, you can try AOL, GMX and InBox. I think
GMail and Yahoo, etc. now want a way of tying a genuine person to
a particular account (i.e., provide your telephone number, etc.).
Or, at the very least, try to limit accounts to one per person
with such mechanisms (I'm sure GMail wants to be able to tie
your email to your phone and to your browsing and search histories!).
For disposable (very short term) accounts, I use guerrilla (e.g.,
for sites where they insist on an email address before they will
let me download something -- and, *verify* that address by emailing
a link to the actual download).
You can also find a friend with an SMTP server. But, that makes
your convenience one of *his* "chores". :<
Many schools (colleges) offer free accounts to their alumni. This
gives them a way of keeping tabs on you when they want to press
for donations (to build yet another EMPTY building in lieu of
lowering tuition costs).
Some businesses will slip you an account "on the side" -- as long as
you don't abuse it (sending junk mail, big attachments, etc.).
If you're ambitious, you can set up your own email server (MX domain)
but will probably need a static IP and/or DDNS service. You then
assume ALL of the effort and risk for the service. Most folks don't
want to be bothered to that extent -- very little upside reward and
lots of potential downside risk (now you have a machine "exposed"
that can be hacked, DoS'd, etc.)
And, if push comes to shove, snail mail! :> I've actually found that
snail mail gets more reliable results than email -- esp if I include
an email address *in* the snail mail! Email is too easy to ignore;
not intentionally but, rather, just think of it as "It'll be in my
inbox so I can follow up on it, later. Of course, as more messages
arrive, its easy to forget which ones you were going to follow up on
"later" (most people either fail to use the flags that their mail clients
provide *or* use them so much that they lose their effectiveness)
ObTip: it can't hurt to have web access IN ADDITION to IMAP/POP3
for the account! Handy when you're someplace that won't let you
configure a mail client (e.g., visiting a friend, business, etc.)
*but* makes web access available to you!
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