Question re: email addresses

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by missflick, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. missflick

    missflick New Member

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    I have a gmail account which I use for personal email. And I am happy with it. I also have one from my local telephone company, which I use for personal business (e.g. emails from my bank) but it has very limited storage. So I would like to get another.

    I don't want Hotmail as the last time it got very spammy. I know that can potentially happen with any of them, but I would like one quite different. Which ones would you guys recommend?
  2. luna_skater

    luna_skater Well-Known Member

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    What would you be using the additional email address for?

    I have the following:

    1. Gmail for personal/professional use (i.e., on resumes)
    2. Work email for, well, work.
    3. Yahoo to connect to things like Facebook and Twitter.
    4. Hotmail for MSN.

    I find Gmail by far the best out of all the ones I have. I love the filtering and folders, and have never even come close to running out of space. I was happy with Yahoo for years until I got Gmail, however.
  3. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    I have hotmail for my personal/home email, and one work email. This works for me.

    I had bad experiences with yahoo. The security was just awful. I will never open an email account with yahoo.

    From all accounts gmail sounds OK, though I rarely use my gmail account. Others I know are happy with it.

    Definitely avoid gmx mail. It's too slow. It takes forever just to get into the account. I have an account but I have not used it in probably a year.
  4. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

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    I have several email addresses (maybe more, I forgot about ones that created to vote in DWTS)

    1. Private account that is connected to my husband's domain. He has his own domain because of some businesses/consulting that he owns. He has created accounts for all of us. I use that one for my business and other sites, like Walgreen's.
    2. gmail address that I use for church volunteer activities
    3. gmail address for my android
    4. gmail dummy account that I give to people or organizations that I may or may not want to hear from
    5. gmail dummy account for DWTS voting
    6. A couple of other gmail accounts

    Since I have a fairly secure private account, I am not so worried about losing my gmail addresses.
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  5. rjblue

    rjblue Re-registered User

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    I also have a private account from my local telephone company, but limited storage isn't an issue because I used Outlook express and downloaded the mail directly to my computer. All the mail I want can be saved forever, if I archive it and back it up. I recently switched to mozilla thunderbird for my mail program and I like it quite well.
  6. KHenry14

    KHenry14 Well-Known Member

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    Twice in the last year my AOL account was hacked and emails were sent out to everyone I've ever emailed to get them to buy viagara. I'd change from them if I haven't used them for the last 16 years. I'm sort of indeep with them....:rolleyes:
  7. algonquin

    algonquin Well-Known Member

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    I have the following:

    1. gmail account for Facebook, and all other on-line stuff
    2. Account from the phone company for personal email.

    I recently deleted my hotmail account, too much spam. I am happy with gmail.
  8. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Same thing happened to my yahoo account last year. This year same thing happened to two of my friends that had yahoo accounts. No, it wasn't about Viagra but about something else.
  9. Angelskates

    Angelskates Active Member

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    I have two gmail, one for personal and work (it doesn't look like it's from a gmail address) and a yahoo one for subscriptions and crap. Love gmail.
  10. FigureSpins

    FigureSpins New Member

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    We had AT&T emails for over 20 years, even paid a $6 fee to keep them, but AT&T discontinued the plan in a weasly way, so we finally started using the ISP's accounts for some things. AT&T "converted" their IDs to Yahoo!, even porting our contacts and messages, so we have a few of those kicking around.

    The kids set up gmail accounts because their friends were on chat. I hate it.

    I had a hotmail account at one point, but I closed it because the incoming spam was terrible. Spammers troll their directories, so you have be quick about locking down your being "published."

    I know 10-12 people whose gmail and hotmail accounts were hacked or cloned. For some reason, they ended up having to abandon the accounts.

    Last year, I found that Yahoo! had a glitch - if you accessed your account from two different IP's at the same time, their monitoring programs assumed that the account was compromised. They would lock down one IP when there was really nothing wrong. They fixed that problem about six months ago. Really annoying, but I've never had a problem with Yahoo! other than that.
  11. Alexa5

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    I have a msn account I use for online transactions, as those tend to generate more junk emails than personal emails do. I use gmail for my personal email. That combination seems to work well for me. I was using an email account that was linked to my dsl company for personal email but switched to gmail since it works with my phone better.
  12. Angelskates

    Angelskates Active Member

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    What do you hate about it?
  13. MacMadame

    MacMadame Internet Beyotch

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    There's a way around that. What I've done is create my new email and start giving that out. But I don't get rid of the old one. I forward everything that gets sent to the old to my real email. That way all my email is in one place but people who have the old address can still contact me. Eventually the old email will die out and you can get rid of it. Or not.
  14. ks777

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    I use Gmail for porn and sex sites and hotmail for emails with friends and family.
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  15. TwizzlerS

    TwizzlerS Well-Known Member

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    To answer Missflick's original question (in case she hasn't figured it out), just open another gmail account with another username. Like the OPs, I have 2 work emails, a personal email for friends and family, and another email account for online ordering. I also have another one that came with the cable internet that I never use. I set it up to forward to one of the emails I do use.

    I get both my personal and shopping emails on my Blackberry. One of the things I do when I walk the dog in the morning is delete all the spam and unwanted emails from these accounts. That makes it easier to keep up with all of them.
  16. FigureSpins

    FigureSpins New Member

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    I hate the chat rooms. Just too open for my taste.
  17. Angelskates

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    You mean the gmail chat? I've never turned it on. I thought you meant you hate gmail. You can choose to be invisible (so no one will know you're online and therefore won't chat with you) or choose to turn the chat off.
  18. Really

    Really No longer just a "well-known member" Yay!

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    I've found Yahoo to be the spammiest of the bunch. I never see the junk that comes to my Hotmail or Gmail accounts. I get more spam in my supposedly filtered work account. I'm phasing out my ISP account because we could change ISP but Google will go on forever...;)
  19. Anita18

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    My mom and I love it...because that's how we kids talk to her. :lol: We're the kind of family who only calls each other if it's an EMERGENCY. Or if we need some info from them RIGHT NOW and they're not online. :lol: My mom even answers a call from me with "Yes?" :rofl:

    You could easily turn it off or make yourself "busy" so less people will bug you. (I actually do turn it off when I'm doing something intensive, because the chat actually eats up a lot of memory.) My sister's always "busy," which is why my mom complains she's never available to chat. I tell her I IM her anyway, she'll just take some time in getting back. :lol:
  20. FigureSpins

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    You misunderstood: it's my teens on gmail chat and they use it it to yammer with real-life friends. Gmail also has open chat rooms so anyone can chime in, including the predator who asked for a photo of one girl. Fortunately, she got scared, but the dirtbag was still poking around last time I checked (and reported him for something he said to someone else.) There are no settings that I can find that will let me lock them down to chat with only their contacts. So, I have to trust and audit regularly.

    I'm hoping that, when Pottermore opens up, they'll migrate to that moderated place.

    The only spam messages I get on Yahoo! are in my spam folder, but I've occasionally seen one or two and reported them. I think that's why I don't get very many - others report them before I check my email.

    Gmail was nasty porn spam regularly, but I'm sure they cleaned up their act after the exodus. Lots of people left them for other providers.

    My only beef with Yahoo! is that they want you to buy their premium version, so they have features locked down in Outlook. YOu have to research the settings, even using non-US settings, to get it to work right.

    I've never cared for Google as a company. The "play at work" atmosphere doesn't inspire my confidence and their applications are invasive. My major issue is that they have a continuing tradition, like Facebook, of privacy invasion. It started when their "Google your hard drive" application came out - they were uploading copies of your hard drive directories without your permission and without any way for you to opt out. That "let's cull as much as we can before we get caught" attitude persists today with their advertising and social networking linkage. It's only a matter of time until a tech-head raises a fuss about iGoogle's personal info collection. (And they're looking.)

    Not that Yahoo! is much better, but Google is a bigger offender.
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  21. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    Between my husband and I, we have Gmail, 4 Yahoos, Hotmail, Mac, and 2 corporate. None have ever been hacked and I find them pretty much the same.
  22. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

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    I still don't understand. Do you want to totally eliminate gmail for your entire household or what? As I understand it anyone can create an gmail account so you eliminating yours doesn't eliminate theirs
  23. Anita18

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    Google actually does not have open chat rooms. If you want to hold a chat with multiple people, you have to add them individually and they obviously already have to be on your chat list. You can also easily block someone from chat if you want to.

    I have also never heard of this "Google your hard drive" application, and I keep up with tech news pretty regularly. I even got an invite to Google Wave that I never used. I Googled :)lol: ) "google your hard drive" and got something for GDrive, but it never launched. Now they have Google Docs but you only upload what you want to.

    Google may know a frightening amount about you, but I'm afraid you're mistaken thinking they've done things they haven't.
  24. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

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    And what Google knows about you, the rest of the internet does too. It is the world of big brother.
    Google your name and then use Internet Explorer and search your name. I bet that the results for both would be the same. Life is social media these days. All of us need to be vigilant for what we post and do as it spreads quickly and stays there forever.

    You will find predator lurking/posting on any site.
  25. FigureSpins

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    No, I'm not mistaken. I've been an IT Professional since 1978 and Numbers is right: you have to protect yourself because software companies are only looking to sell anything they can grab.

    1) You're confusing my complaint about the gmail chat rooms with Google's predatory information retrieval. It's a common error since Google owns Gmail. Gmail does have chat rooms that are open to anyone.
    Chat is embedded in the email client application for gmail and there are "rooms" on the iPod app the kids use with that ID. I hate it, but they love it because they can blather away about anime and boys with their real-life friends until I make them sign off.

    While I have no qualms about blocking someone, the issue is that my kids are naive. One of them added someone with a girl's name because she thought it was a classmate. Turned out it wasn't her classmate, it was some person in Japan (allegedly) and the broken english gave me the impression it was a guy. So, while yes, I CAN block people, that requires vigilance on my part. If the friggin' chat option didn't exist, I wouldn't have to worry about it at all. That's my point and why I hate the stupid feature. It's really too open for kids, even though they are old enough, they will make mistakes. (Like the guy who found DD's Twitter account tonight and wanted to "educate" her about herpes. Dopey kid wanted her friends to find her in the directory so she unlocked that setting. To make it even more annoying, I have twins, so everything has to be done twice on every bloody account. Arrrgh.

    2) There have been several instances of Google's lack of privacy concerns over the years, including the one I mentioned. GDrive was rumored to be unlimited online storage, but the cost and logistics were stumbling points. It was intended to be a competitor to Yahoo!'s online storage being offered to their premium members for backup and data retrieval. In a way, the research done on GDrive was partially used for Google Docs.

    When Google Desktop came out, it took inventory of your hard drive and applications and uploaded the results to Google servers without permission. They intended to use it to tally how many people have certain software installed. The IT geeks realized it early on and screamed loudly from every trade journal, blog and tech column.

    A few years ago, Microsoft changed their software installment policies. Rumors I read at the time said it was based on information showing that many already-installed copies of Windows were bootleg copies. Those same rumor-mongers said the data came from the initial Google Desktop data, which was never supposed to see the light of day. I don't know that I believe that, however most the people who took Google Desktop for a test drive were IT geeks, so their copies may have appeared to be bootleg since many companies would "ghost" hard drives to cut down on installation time. (Ghosting is when they do a full, clean installation on a computer, and then copy/clone that hard drive to another drive for installation and usage in a different computer.) Typically, you would test new software using a freshly installed computer, so you could see what the impact was of putting something new on just that one computer.) The OS wasn't really an illegal copy because the company would buy a "site license" that allowed x number of computers. In testing, a computer would be "reset" using the ghost image before the next round of tests, but it was only one computer, regardless of the number of times it was reimaged.

    Less than 2 years ago, Google's CEO basically said, if you don't want us to cull it, don't use the internet. Nice guy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Google#Privacy

    I've written white papers on this crap, so I do know what I'm talking about.
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  26. Really

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    In the end, it's up to parents to monitor what their kids are doing, whether it's in real life, or online. Chat rooms have always been available in one way or another, so it's not like Google is doing anything that hasn't been done before. The internet isn't going away, so parents really do have to take the responsibility to make themselves aware of what's out there. There are enough resources out there for parents to use -- and yes, even Google can help find them!

    Of course, the other alternative is to just ban your kids from the internet...
  27. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry about the misunderstanding about the chat rooms - that's just how I read it. I didn't realize your kids were really that naive. :lol:

    I didn't grow up with the internet, I'm not sure how I would have reacted if I had chat rooms all the time. I did participate in forums by the time I was in middle school but I never got personal with anyone and I was never stalked by creeps. I'm afraid the only solution is to teach internet users (including kids) not to be naive. :lol:
  28. FigureSpins

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    Guess admitting that I take responsibility for my children as opposed to their friends' parents who are clueless, is just hilarious to know-it-alls with reading comprehension issues. I've already said that I audit and keep track of them, so you're preaching to the choir, ladies.
  29. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

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    It's not just making parents aware of the danger of the internet - if you don't teach that to the kids, your only solution is to continue to protect them (until when, exactly?) instead of teaching them to avoid problems in the first place, and teaching them the resourcefulness to solve the problems that DO pop up.

    But anyway, this thread isn't about parenting. I've actually never heard of anyone who likes Yahoo over Gmail, but then again I don't know how I functioned before labels and email search. :lol: