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Old 08-29-2009, 01:36 AM   #1
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I used to just give everyone my personal e-mail address when I first got online.

But then I got so much spam that I would literally have to sift through hundreds of emails to make sure I was not missing anything.

So I fixed this problem when I switched isp's by only giving out my personal e-mail to close friends and family and some business stuff.

All my other e-mail I had go to yahoo. Well a couple of things happened with Yahoo that have made me want to switch to another free e-mail service.

A good friend of mine had his yahoo account hacked into recently and he immediately got another e-mail address and advised me to do the same.

I mostly surf with Firefox and my Yahoo mail constantly gives me script errors and I can't even get into it a lot of times.

And last but certainly not least I can't figure any way around seeing the "Yahoo news"!!

I put up with enough news from one of my family members I don't want to see any more of it when I want to look at my e-mail.

Just wondering if anyone is using a free e-mail service that they like that has NO NEWS!

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Old 08-29-2009, 07:53 AM   #2
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I've been very happy with gmail.com

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ditto - gmail.

You can even set up your old addresses to forward to a gmail account and gmail will miraculously filter out almost all the spam.
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Yep, make that three for gmail.

About the forwarding, though - yahoo won't let you do that unless you have a paid account with them. And gmail can check other accounts for you automatically but only if you know the pop server or something like that, but yahoo won't tell you unless it's a paid account.

I switched over from yahoo, so if anyone knows a way around that I'm all ears - it's a pain to still have to check yahoo just in case.
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gmail her to. I like the fact that you can read it with a pop email program or read it in a browser.
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Thanks everyone!

I looked at gmail and I'm going to get set up with them.

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Along this same vein, my brother has an email program that is no longer supported and has lost a couple functions. I suggested Zimbra desktop (which is owned by Yahoo) but after what I read here I am doubting my advise. He is marginally computer literate so needs something that can download POP mail automatically, accessing GMail and Yahoo addresses would be handy but not a requirement. He has a Windows operating system that is about 7 years old.

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I would still say Gmail. Gmail will download email from pop3 accounts. I have mine set to check 5 email accounts.
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A good friend of mine had his yahoo account hacked into recently and he immediately got another e-mail address and advised me to do the same.
This is seriously distressing.

Can you provide some details?

I have a couple of Yahoo accounts (one for business) that I have kept for many years that would be very inconvenient to change or have hacked.

Recently I had the same Nigerian Scam e-mail sent to both of my two Yahoo addresses in the course of a couple of days. I am still wondering how someone could have got both at the same time.

Have I been hacked?

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I got an email from my buddy with a link to some online store that had a bunch of writing in another language that sold electronics.

I didn't know what this was all about I thought maybe it was a joke. So I wrote back that I bought like $7,000 worth of stuff from them...kidding of course.

He then tells me that his e-mail was hacked into and they sent all of his contacts this stuff.

So he was for sure not using yahoo mail anymore.

It might have been an isolated thing so I would not worry too much. If you like yahoo stay with them.

I had problems with script errors so bad lately that I could not even get into my mail at times.

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Ed I forgot

I think the Nigerian scam probably goes out to zillions to it might just be that!

Whatever you do don't send them any money!!!

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The last time I logged on to my Yahoo e-mail account they asked me to select two additional security questions from an unusually long list, these questions were really obscure... for example the make of the first car you owned. It was an open question so you could write in the model of the car. They must be concerned.
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I thought it was peculiar that I would get the same solicitation to two very separate and distinct e-mail addresses. Only certain professional friends know both. Perhaps one of them, or one of my agencies, was hacked. Dunno. I am behind ZoneAlarm Pro and a hardware router, use Firefox (never Explorer), SypBot S&D, etc, etc, update my Forefox and (shudder) WinXP always, turn off my machine when not in use, and NEVER respond to unknown/cryptic e-mails, even from friends.

I know the oldest one--my first personal e-mail address, perhaps 10 years old--was picked up by a hacker in Costa Rica about 7 years ago when I was corresponding with John Howell's CR website (now defunct). I--we--were all getting porn site links through the CR national web host which had been hacked.

My professional Yahoo e-mail address had not been touched to date.

Why would both of them be invaded in less than a week?

Paranoia is my hobby. As an old friend once said, Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean someone ISN'T out to get you. Also--Are you paranoid enough?

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You never know!

I get LOADS of spam in my yahoo mailbox.

And I have got some of those scams also.

I saw a report on like 60 minutes or something like that on that sort of scam and you would be surprised the people that fell for it. One was like a brain surgeon. And they say that a lot of people that are well to do like that are too embarrassed to admit that they got taken so they never report it! Also the nature of the scam is that you are doing something kind of crooked anyway! So more people probably fall victim to that than they are able to figure!

Also I think you can get around the "yahoo news" by having a premium account with yahoo. So they might be intentionally making it awful hoping that you will upgrade to a paid subscription!

I think they should pay you for viewing the news!

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Very happy with gmail too. Highly recommended.

They also have a nice office suite (google docs), plus the chat and SMS/texting feature within gmail is nice. And you can voice/videochat from within your email.
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I would still say Gmail. Gmail will download email from pop3 accounts. I have mine set to check 5 email accounts.
Ah, I didn't know it could do that. Thanks

I found that Eudora (he was using the light version) still has a current program so I installed it. He is content with the familiar at the moment but when we next get together perhaps I should create a gmail address and start the process of migrating his e-mail.
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GMail appears, to me, to be one of the most flexible of the free email accounts. I have pop3 email routed to Gmail, and I have DW's gmail routed to Outlook Express.
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