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Personally, I am happy to give my entire online existence over to Google. They have my email, my Analytics data, my search history, my mobile device, my credit card information, and the list goes on. Some people may not feel that this is the smartest thing to do, and I don’t blame them. Those same people may still want to reap the benefits of web mail (in contrast to plain old desktop email, powered by Thunderbird and its ilk).

Free Email Providers

So I’ve gathered up a list of several popular free email providers that you might want to take for a spin if Gmail or Yahoo are not your thing.

email providers

Microsoft’s webmail offering underwent a somewhat similar cycle to its Web browser: Like Internet Explorer, Hotmail used to be a dominant force in webmail. Then Gmail came along, and Hotmail lost its spot in the limelight. But just like Microsoft didn’t give up on Internet Explorer and kept working on it until they had something great with IE10, so they persisted with their webmail offering, until today we have

This thoroughly modern webmail service gives Gmail a serious fight in terms of polish and features. Unlike Gmail, doesn’t scan the contents of your email in an attempt to target ads to your messages. It’s also tightly integrated with Office Web Apps Use Microsoft Office for Free with Microsoft Web Apps Use Microsoft Office for Free with Microsoft Web Apps Read More , and uses the service to let you view and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint attachments. Its “sweep” feature lets you file away scads of email at once, keeping your inbox neat and tidy.

Even if you’re perfectly happy with your current webmail provider, is well worth a look. With tens of millions of active users, Microsoft seems to be doing something right.


free email providers

If you feel that your email domain name is the most important part of the address, you should definitely check out Its default domain name ( is cool enough, and is even one letter shorter than you-know-who. But if you’re looking for something more specific, offers an enormous list of alternative domains for you to pick from, such as “”, ““, and even ““.

It also boasts unlimited email storage, drag-and-drop labels, and more.

Yandex Mail

free email providers

Yandex is primarily known as the leading search engine in Russia (where it’s more popular than Google), but it also operates a free webmail service, Yandex Mail. While the service’s native tongue is Russian, it is also offered in an English version. Yandex Mail includes features you won’t find on Gmail, including an automated follow-up feature that will remind you if you haven’t received a reply to your email within five days. This is an invaluable feature that’s long overdue on Gmail, so it’s nice to see Yandex stepping up to the challenge and surpassing Gmail on this front.

The service also includes a built-in option for deferred sending, so you can compose an email and schedule it to be send later on. Both of these features can be added to Gmail using external add-on services like Boomerang Schedule Emails to Send Later with Boomerang for Gmail in Chrome Schedule Emails to Send Later with Boomerang for Gmail in Chrome Gmail is in ingenious tool for managing emails. Much of what it is lacking per default, is covered by Gmail Labs apps or browser add-ons. Boomerang is a browser add-on available for Chrome that let's... Read More , but these cost money.

Another nice Yandex feature is that it lets you use your Google account for authentication, so you don’t have to remember another password to log into your email provider.


free email providers

Hushmail is a bit more of an esoteric service. Their main claim to fame is that fact they provide “private, secure” free email accounts. Why the quote marks, you ask? Because Hushmail (quite famously) betrayed user trust in 2007 by providing email correspondence to federal agencies, complying to a Canadian court order. You can read a complete analysis of the incident in Wired’s Threat Level column of the time.

In brief, what you should know is that Hushmail’s mechanisms are not completely secure, although they are still significantly more secure than those offered by other free email providers. Conversely, their free option only includes a paltry 25MB of storage – a far cry from the unlimited space offered by some of the other vendors on the list.

If privacy is a key concern for you, check out Hushmail, but don’t blindly trust them. Configure your own settings, and don’t give them your encryption key at any stage of the process.

Zoho Mail

email providers

Zoho makes a complete suite of online productivity tools, including a spreadsheet, a Wiki service, and more. Zoho Mail is their free email offering, and it looks quite spiffy. If you already use Zoho, that means you have a Zoho Mail account. One of its distinctive feature is that it is 100% ad free – not a single banner in sight.

Final Thought

Did I miss an important free email provider? Are you using an unknown provider that is absolutely awesome, and are dying to tell the world about it? Share it all in the comments!

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  1. meo
    April 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Hushmail is a huge rip off, and they share info with the government without contacting their account holders. They also no longer offer free e-mail accounts.

  2. Aitch
    March 31, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Hi Erez

    I think it will be very useful if you could indicate which e-mail accounts are NOT owned by Microsoft, as this is where all my issues arise from and which sent me to your site to seek alternatives to MS account and/or ones that want to link to your MS e-mail, etc.

    I tried Yandex is it seems great - apart from their hard-to-read codes to confirm you are not a robot!

    Many thanks for the great advice and help.

  3. Asim
    March 20, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Thanks to provide valuable info

  4. Lavajiit Singh
    February 6, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    i ahve been using Rediffmail for 4 years...and its running perfectly.

  5. Gary
    January 27, 2017 at 3:19 am I find they disconnect you after a relatively short time and when you try to log back in yu get an annoying notice page saying you did not log out correctly.

  6. anon
    January 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    If privacy is a key concern for you, don't check out Hushmail, check out Tutanota! 1GB of storage for (forever) Free accounts

  7. Gary Johnson
    December 18, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I do not offer any other email provider. However, is there any function on any of the email providers you have listed which can/will notify all my accounts where my yahoo email address is listed? Must I go into each one individually and update my new email address say if I chose Yandex? Does this give RUSSIA a way into my email correspondences?

    • Stanislav
      January 13, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Why should Russia be interested in your email correspondences? You'd better beware of your own federal services.

  8. Sharon C
    December 13, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Widows 10 does not cooperate with outlook 2016, 2007, 2003 .... so what is the last resort or what is the alternative?

  9. M. Sarosh Ali
    December 13, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    The most secure email provider is, developed by CERN uses end to end Encryption.

  10. Zyrac
    November 28, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I read your article with great interest, as I am trying to find a new email provider since the shambles that is yahoo. The only gripe I have that bar Yandex mail the rest of the providers here are U.S. based which would mean that none of them are truily private! To quote a paragraph from the StartMail company;

    "Every US-based organization has to comply with government surveillance requests in accordance with the Patriot Act—and they can’t breathe a word about it legally without winning a court challenge. If your email is provided by Gmail, Outlook or "another US-based email service", it’s very possible a US government agency was reading your email in 2015 at the same time it was reading Yahoo email".

    This was all due to yahoo, who allowed a US government agency to install a spy tool onto its system so agents could secretly read incoming email.

    None the less I found your article informative and well put together, Thanks for the interesting read Erez, keep on blogging.

  11. CassandraofTroy
    November 9, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Could you please clean out the off topic garbage in the answers? I am not interested in people's personal problems or phishing attempts. Thank you.

  12. CassandraofTroy
    November 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    What about netzero? I tried to create a new netzero account but their cappy thingy is not supported by Seamonkey browser. Does Outlook work with Seamonkey browser? Does aol? Probably not.

    Yahoo doesn't tell its patrons, customers, suckers, when they are hacked and all personal information is stolen. I don't care for gmail at all and want to get away from it. Both of them censor my mail and prevent me from getting email messages from some people.

    Perhaps it is time to give up email. Maybe next week everything will be on Wiki-leaks. Sigh.

  13. Carlos Caso-Rosendi
    September 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Outlook changed their interface and it sucks big time.

    • G
      October 27, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      I know! I hate them so much that I decided to make a new mail adrress. That why I found this page. Now I'm using the MAIL client. It's okay, but miss the old hotmail tho..

  14. Rich
    September 7, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Hi everyone is saying gmail is free well how come when I use my own domain name
    Xxxxx@the dunes. I am now told I must pay £3 a month to keep my email address as the free email stopped in 2012

  15. Daniel
    July 15, 2016 at 9:50 am

    i try all but are the worst, I think http// is the best to make email for free

    • bob
      October 12, 2016 at 5:35 am

      plus google reads your emails for you and allows the NSA to scan your emails to make sure you're safe

  16. eeee
    July 3, 2016 at 12:02 am

    love gmail but I don't trust google one bit.

  17. sheryl
    June 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    It's not that people smarter than you "feel" that it isn't smart. It's a fact. Stop giving advice.

  18. Sadhu
    June 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    YES! is among the WORST!!!!
    gmail does sooooo much moooore than the other services, and does so for FREE, though they sure do SPY on you!
    yahoo charges for common things that are FREE on gmail

  19. John
    June 6, 2016 at 10:24 pm sucks, every other day for the past 2 weeks, I have to keep changing my password because they said there was some unauthorized activity with my email, so protect yourself and change it, I swear I have changed it at least 5 times in the past 2 weeks, I am sick of it, they suck.

    • Rion
      October 4, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      The same I see on all my gmail accounts, when I enter from coffee shops, linux laptops, mobile apps and so on, and what is the nightmare is google disable account and start asking me date of creating. Common! Who remember month and year ? I dont'.
      Just right now this us company disabled one account, and I was lucky that when I just pressed sporadic month and year Google redone access to that account. Wow. Today I need to buy a lottery ticket.:-)
      About ZOHO there is only one nuance - they suddenly removed part of the emails data from one of my accounts and ...did nothing. So am I.

    • t@nker
      November 15, 2016 at 3:21 pm responses times are intentionally terrible to try to get you to "pay up" for the ad free service. Half the time is so overloaded I can't even get on, so I cancelled my account in TOTAL FRUSTRATION! NO QUESTION IT IS THE WORST!

  20. Susie
    May 5, 2016 at 2:59 pm is really a pain. There is no option (at least that I can find) to save an email address from an incoming email. To find the address book is also a pain as you cannot click on the address and have it filled into the TO: field. It also opens in a new window, completely blocking any emails that you may have open or writing. Its just fine if you have your 100 email addresses memorized!

    Yahoo is the best but who can stand all the ads and news?

    Also, Hushmail totally shut me off with all my emails and contacts because I did not use the service for 2 weeks when I was away. Gone, everything! I could retrieve nothing.I guess I should have read the fine print.

    • Bryan
      July 4, 2016 at 3:55 am

      Hotmail used to be awesome and user-friendly, but since it switched to Outlook, it's been getting steadily worse. Now, it's nearly unusable. In the time it takes to open my account, open a new email, and type it (and correct the mistakes that I couldn't see because the program is so much slower than my typing speed) I could print up a letter and hand-carry it to the post office.

    • Carlos Caso-Rosendi
      September 25, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Don't worry. They just made it worse! Microsoft sucks!

  21. Mustafa
    April 27, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Gmail is the best

  22. W Quine
    February 9, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Oops forgot to let everyone know that with it worked great for the first three years (it was only free for the first year) but now every time I try to do anything it changes languages on me. In the last week alone I have seen 4 different languages, English, French and I have no idea what the other two were.

  23. W Quine
    February 9, 2016 at 7:04 pm is NOT free if you want to use all email functions and it is a real pain in the *** to get in touch with anyone.

  24. Highsop
    January 14, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Mail2world hosts my university alumni e-mail. They are good, but you can only access their mobile site from tablets. The mobile site does not allow you to move messages from folder to folder or dump the trash. Still a better experience than Yahoo and more privacy than g-mail.

  25. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I dont think, that i can call trusthfull. I created acount after 2day they blocked it for no relevant reason, It takes forever to asnwer me. I got there importnat email and now no chance to answer them on time. That was so big mistake to choose it. As i read on other forums they use to block accounts for no reasons often.

    • Anonymous
      September 29, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      Privacy is like freedom; a grand illusion or perhaps delusion...the only safe place for a body is in the grave and for the soul in heaven.

      • Tahir Mahmud Tariq
        November 8, 2015 at 4:29 am

        well said :)

        • Anni Goodfellow
          April 8, 2016 at 7:14 am

          Well I agree with Tariq ...anni goodfellow

      • Jill Jones
        March 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

        we all may wind up using snail mail and hoping the usps isn't steaming it open and reading it...

      • Jill Jones
        March 1, 2017 at 8:29 am

        we all may wind up using snail mail as most secure (disguise it as junk mail?), praying the usps isn't steaming it open and reading it, or letting nsaa read it

    • Jennifer Lennon
      December 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      I had the same issue with I think they stated I was sending abusive emails or something. Simply not true, but couldn't get any response from them when I tried to open up the topic.

    • Felipe Zapata
      December 22, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      I had the same experience with I looked at it cross-eyed, so to speak, the first day, and they blocked it. Took days to get it unblocked. When they finally did, one of their reps told me that perhaps they had been a tad too diligent with the security. You think? Even with that, you have to sign in relentlessly. Every time you go even to a different tab, they sign you out. I abandoned it. It's not worth the endless hassle.

  26. Anonymous
    June 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Well upon YOUR recommendation I signed up for I love its streamlined look....what yahoo USE to have before they wrecked it. BUT after forwarding my saved emails....all 350 of them I discovered, I cannot send emails using Pretty DARN worthless then! Basically just an email storage and I could have stayed with stupid yahoo to do that! When I tried to get help I got a form letter to "try" some things and the request to reply back if none of those things worked. WHAT A LAUGH! I CAN'T SEND EMAILS. HOW DO I THEN REPLY BACK THAT THEIR FORM LETTER SOLUTIONS DID NOT WORK?????? I think you shouldn't continue to recommend!

    • ciao
      March 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      If you forward hundreds of emails, it looks like you are sending spam. I set up my gmail account to read my messages - no problems. I have several accounts using their and domains. I love their service although I only use email. The desktop functions are full of ads but I love the mobile service.

      It's worth another try if you want to get those messages elsewhere try to set up imap or pop functions in another account or in your email program. Just trying to help.... like I said I've had no trouble for many years.

  27. Rishi
    May 22, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Yandex is the best ( ) (russian) but offers english

    • Susan
      November 8, 2016 at 6:08 am

      I use Yandex - great format on a laptop or tablet and a good app for mobile (iPhone).... I use it for my job search. No problems in almost a year.

  28. Johnny
    May 13, 2015 at 2:25 am is definitely worth looking into

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  30. mssjk
    April 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I have a webmail account hosted by google, but google is phasing the service out, and my email account will soon be closed.
    Can anyone tell me if I can use my current email address on and continue to do so, once google cut off my webmail service provider ?

  31. Rainer
    March 29, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Using AOL for a long time but am thinking of changing. Getting too many hoax e-mails claiming to e from AOL. Makes one want to jump ship because it seems AOL is not addressing the impersonators.

  32. Rainer
    March 29, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Using AOL for a long time but am thinking of changing. Getting too many hoax e-mails claiming to e from AOL. Makes one want to jump ship because it seems AOL is not addressing the impersonators.

  33. Rainer
    March 29, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Using AOL for a long time but am thinking of changing. Getting too many hoax e-mails claiming to e from AOL. Makes one want to jump ship because it seems AOL is not addressing the impersonators.

  34. Carole Sheffield
    February 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I found this article because I am searching for a replacement for gmail. I've used it for a very long time but recently, saved emails have randomly disappeared from my gmail folders. I have been unable to find out why this is happening nor have I been able to retrieve the emails that have disappeared. I have lost too many precious things to remain with gmail.

  35. Virginia
    February 13, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Yahoo the past week has been almost inaccessible - have had to change my password FOUR times. This morning Safari can't even find the server so I'm now looking into some other than Yahoo. Have Gmail as my "good" account but used yahoo for companies wanting to send info on new products. Tried downloading Thunderbird but it is NOT free as far as I can find - kept asking me to pat umpteen dollars a year to have an email account with them. I'll try one of the suggestions given here.

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Don't use!!! BAD recommendation. After forwarding 350 emails from yahoo to them, I discovered I cannot SEND any emails! 1 maybe 2 will go through then you get the error message "E-mail cannot be sent." With NO explanation! When you use their form to submit an inquiry you get a "form" letter back telling you to try various things and if that doesn't work then to reply to that form letter and someone will get back to you....what a laugh! Because you can't SEND it back!!!! You get the error message "E-mail cannot be sent"!!!! Biggest WASTE OF MY TIME YET!!!!

  36. jesse
    February 10, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    my gmail account have been hacked x2 now where is the security your suppose to have with the company .They have all personal info the too my over (or should i say dismantal my emai.) all because ofmy Big fish account that hacker use. i fell that my accounts were not protected!!!

    • rosebud
      March 6, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      I had the same problem with gmail. My account was hacked and after days of trying to get it back, wrestling with someone who changed the language from English to Farsi, I was told by google that I missed a security setting which allowed the hacker to take over my account. Every time I got back in he knew it because he set up a forwarding email address. There are many security settings and you have to know about them all and use them all.

      I finally gave up that account and started a new one but it gets old. I've used and like it although you either have to make sure you log in often enough to keep the account or pay for the service.

  37. zakryerson
    February 6, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Hushmail _IS NOT_ Free

  38. bhaskar
    January 8, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I have some problem with my yahoo ID, I forget password and answer of hint question. How can access my yahoo account.

  39. Bill Noyes
    December 31, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I have used a number of the mentioned emails .
    Yahoo has been my favorite until they made it impossible for me to renew an email I have had for years. I am sure there was no hacking, yet forced me to change my PW 3 times.
    Most of the others require me to use "theirs or anothers" tool bar.
    I like what I have I don't want to add or change my toolbar. All I want is another email only! I have,, gmx,
    Yahoo, gmail, hotmail, . Had rocketmail, ymail.

  40. Prithika????
    December 13, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    there's also

  41. BigMacinspain
    April 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I'm with Gmail, and was very happy, until it stopped allowing me to forward attachments. This may be a particular problem on my laptop only (perhaps some sort of Java enabling problem??), as everything works ok from other pc's. But no response to my help enquiry means I'll have to change soon.

    • Erez Zukerman
      April 26, 2012 at 7:37 am

      That sounds like an interesting problem. It's not Java because Gmail doesn't use Java. It does use JavaScript, though, which is very different from Java.

      You might want to ask on MakeUseOf Answers: -- maybe someone could help you solve it!

      • BigMacinspain
        April 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

        Thanks Erez. You are probably right, it could be a Javascript problem, but I don't know how to solve it. I can't even access the Options menu on Chrome - it's blank when I try. Deleting and then re-loading Chrome didn't solve anything either. How do you access Javascript?

        • Erez Zukerman
          April 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

          Hi there,

          You can't really "access JavaScript" -- it's not a user-serviceable feature, it's just a part of the browser.

          Once more, I would suggest MakeUseOf Answers -- the crew there might be able to think of some great ways to resolve this.

        • BigMacinspain
          April 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

          I've just spent the last half hour researching MakeUseOfAnswers, but in the end, when I described my problem, they wanted 32 euros to solve it....and although the problem is annoying, it's not worth 32 euros to me. I'm convinced it is some sort of Javascript problem, probably from an over zealous ad blocker or some-such...but thanks anyway for your support.

        • Pete
          May 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

          Hi Erez,

          I've been looking at your page with interest. I've been quite happily using Gmail until quite recently when they "Improved" it. Now it's really slowww, also when you use the scroll bars to scroll through headers and messages; the scroll bar will get to the bottom but the headers and message take upto a minute to catch up. Originally there was a link to send feedback and I told them what I thought - no reply. I went through the so called bug reporting procedure - no result. I even contacted them - no reply. Now I can't find the "Contact Us" link. They clearly know about the issue but don't want to know anyone's views.

          So I'm looking for an alternative to Gmail - it's lost the plot and from what I've found out these issues go back to November last year. They don't seem to be able to grasp the fact that everything was fine before the "upgrade" - they will blame everything else. There were suggestions about replacing the browser with Google Chrome; I'm not going to take the risk after my experience with their so-called "Graphics Editor" Piscarso - for some reason it scans the Hard drive for image files and then hangs up if it finds a problem file. It doesn't need to scan for files; I can find my own. Anyway I'm rambling on...

          What I want to know is; do any of these recommended email services mask the ip address? Like Gmail does; I like this feature; it's useful when replying to scammers/Nigerian Bankers etc.


        • Jason
          May 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

          After careful considration I decided to go for GMX.

          However it didn't go through. It insisted that I type in a code that wasn't there and stated that my password wasn't secure enough. (????) Surely no one's going to guess: "FK%4659D"

          Tell you what: FORGET IT!!!


        • Tina
          April 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

          Hello BigM! As the editor for MakeUseOf Answers I have to jump in here. Your most recent comment, which I cannot reply to directly, has me concerned.

          Who and where did someone ask 32 Euros form you on MakeUseOf Answers? Asking a question on MakeUseOf Answers is completely free and also the answers are free. If anyone asked money of you, I have to know who it was or where you were linked to a paying site to remove the respective comment.

          Feel free to email me directly: tina at makeuseof dot com Thank you!

        • BigMacinspain
          April 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

          Hi Tina.
          I was on Just answers at 12:42 and 12:45 yesterday according to my history log. I believe I had just filled in some optional information as to what I'd already tried, when up popped an expert, offering a solution. When I progressed further, the solution was going to cost 32 euros.. Sorry, I can't remember who the expert was, except I think he had worked for MS or had msn or something like that in his description.

        • Tina
          April 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

          I have sent you an email to discuss this further. Please rest assured that MakeUseOf Answers is completely free and anyone asking for money to solve questions on Answers is a scam and will be banned from the page as soon as identified.

    • haniya jafar
      April 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Hello dear,

      Good day to you, my name is Miss haniya jafar a female i got your email address in the google search when i was browsing and searching for the important once so i got your email and decided to contact you for an important proposal so here is my private email address ( please do write me back because my proposal is an important issue which i will like ti share with you dear,

      Thanks and best regards,


  42. itslyn
    January 26, 2012 at 12:20 am

    i've used hotmail for years but my account has sent heaps of spam the last 6mths and wont stop regardless of all the suggested safety measures i've found and tried.
    i just dont like gmail so only use it as backup, but folks says its the most secure free account possible.
    have setup .. any ideas if it's trustworthy? i dont want start sending a bunch of crap again without knowing it.

    • Erez Zukerman
      January 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Good question. TBH, I haven't used personally so I would be hard pressed to say. The best places to look for an answer on this would be MakeUseOf Answers, or -- excellent email-related forum system.

  43. Robin Ashe
    December 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Glad to see Zoho there. It's my go to one. I've jumped around with a bunch of others, but zoho is the one that really works well.

    • Sdo
      December 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

      I thought Zoho allowed sign-ups for @zoho addresses.  But the only pages I find are for registering one's own domain.  ???

      • Erez Zukerman
        December 9, 2011 at 2:36 am

        I believe you can have a Zoho-only email; but you might get better help if you ask this on MakeUseOf Answers :)

    • Erez Zukerman
      December 9, 2011 at 2:36 am

      Do you like it better than Gmail?

  44. Sdo
    December 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I have a very short email attention span, so I'm constantly trying different providers, jumping around from one to another as my "service du jour."  Right now I'm liking Hotmail (I use '' domains) except for two security deficiencies: restriction of passcodes to 16 characters and inability to use special characters in security question answers.

    I did have Lavabit for a few years back in the early 2000s but I left when I learned that it was really more of a one-man, hobby-type service.  (Lots of useful feedback on Lavabit at

    I do have a Yahoo account, but I don't use it.  I simply can't trust a service that doesn't provide full-session SSL for its webmail.  They keep saying they're concerned about users' privacy and that they're "looking into" SSL, but nothing ever comes of it.  Too preoccupied with bells and whistles.  (But maybe I'll use its free SSL IMAP service with Outlook.)

    I do like Hushmail, including its new interface.  With my email needs being on the sparse side these days, I really don't have a problem with the 25mb storage.  Despite the notorious 2007 "betrayal," I do feel that it's probably safer than other accounts more prone to hacking attacks.

    And FWIW, I really like one not mentioned here: the new "myopera" email webmail.  It's being developed by the team (Opera bought FM a while back).  Neat.  Clean.  Fast.  It's still in beta and adding features, but it's fast becoming my favorite.

  45. J. Simon van der Walt
    December 2, 2011 at 8:30 am

    AOL. A while back I was looking for a second alternative email to google. Tried a couple of things, hotmail, yahoo etc, but found myself really happy with their offering.

  46. xMaXouTx
    December 2, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I feel so bad for AOL :(

    • Aibek
      December 3, 2011 at 2:25 am

      me too )

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      months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly
      lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even
      myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous;

      I was always hostile to People and only focused on my business as that
      was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now
      know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all
      the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to
      come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I
      have lived it. I would want to have a Personal and Trustworthy
      Relationship with you, as I intend and willing to empower the change
      of ownership for the transfer of my Deposits to your personal
      possession for further Investment and Charity Disbursement to the Less
      Privilege and Homeless write me via my

      I will send you the photos of me and my very hopeless and selfish
      family members, including my wife, who I learn t is getting married to
      my personal friend and attorney,

      Thank you for your due consideration. God be with you

      Yours Brother.

      Sr. Ramiro De Emerico

    • f
      May 20, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      ramiroemerico, - you're a liar

  47. Ishar Jay
    December 2, 2011 at 8:19 am

    what about ? I'm not using it but i think it's a popular service.

    • f
      May 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Your username can be stolen when you register, if beautiful and free (there were my 'ifroshe' and 'ivroshe')

  48. Les Milovana
    December 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I have used Hotmail for ten years I think.
    No problems.
    I have used Googlemail now gmail 3 years no problems.
    Gmx only a year again no problems.

    I have found that yahoo is making it impossible to use thunderbird or outlook express or outlook on more and more accounts.

    Outlook and hotmail together are unbeatable.
    Although gmail is better than the others at keeping sent emails offline.

    Hotmail is my master email address.

    Others used for more dubious uses.

  49. Mike
    December 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm is actually part of GMX nowaday. If you are living in Germany, Austria or Switzerland you won't be able to signup for [unless you are using a Proxy or VPN server]. Also the free GMX account only offers 1GB of mail storage.

  50. Erez Zukerman
    December 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    What do you mean "the support is not really there"? They just don't reply? Were you a paid user?

    The GMX downtime sounds absolutely crazy. I think I would switch in two days if anything like that happened. That's actually the reason I pay for my Google Apps account -- to have no downtime, ever.

    • Ron Spain
      January 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      You give money to Google? That's sick.

  51. Erez Zukerman
    December 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Haha :D True

  52. Erez Zukerman
    December 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Sure thing Petar!

  53. Dan
    December 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I use Yahoo Mail, GMail, Hotmail, Lycos Mail, AOL, and a half dozen other smaller services. I like the fact that some of them allow POP3/IMAP access for free. Personally I'm partial to GMail and Yahoo Mail, but the others are decent alternatives (esp. Hotmail).

  54. H KB
    December 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I never heard of before today, even though its sounds obvious.
    signed up right away on '' domain. but, forwarding email is premium.

  55. Dr. U. K. Deb
    December 2, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Rediffmail at is a pretty good service and worth a second look.

    • Erez Zukerman
      December 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Interesting - do you use it yourself?

  56. Lawrence
    December 2, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Not quite sure why Hushmail even made the list.

    Check out Lavabit:

    • Erez Zukerman
      December 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Wow, Lavabit does look excellent! I wonder how I managed to miss it in my research -- their SEO might need a bit of work. ;)

  57. James
    December 2, 2011 at 2:01 am

    So you think people know about Gmail and Yahoo but not Hotmail? Strange given Hotmail predates Gmail. So many people have left Hotmail and Yahoo for Gmail.  Checking their old email accounts with the "new" features confirms they made the right decision to go to/stick with Gmail.

  58. JB
    December 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Read the title of the article...

    • Red
      December 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm