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This is a popular technique for providing "lifetime email addresses". The email provider never re-allocates your email address and forwards all mail addressed to this address to another address (your current address) which you provide. This is commonly provided by universities and colleges for students. The problem with this type of arrangement all hinge around fact that you don't control email address. There are things that could happen that would mean you don't receive email from this address; such as: * The email provider changes its policy and decides stop service or charge for service. * The email provider ceases to exists and hence doesn't renew its domain name. * You change your email provider and forget to inform other email provider to forward to a new address.
Register your own Domain Name
This is only way to guarantee that you truly have a lifetime email address. Because you register your own domain name you have complete control. The advantages are: * Complete control of domain name- you choose it and it's registered to you not to an email provider. * Complete control of email addresses * Unlimited email addresses. * Can be cheaper if you need lots of email addresses. * You could have a domain name for all family. * You can use it for your Website as well. The disadvantages are * More complex as you have to a) register name and b) find an email provider.- Most domain name providers will also provide mailbox space and forwarding services. * Can be more costly. * Need to renew domain name each year or you will loose it.
This is my preferred method and so if you are Interested in registering your own domain name and using it for email I will be covering it in a future articles.
Stephen Cope is a freelance trainer and the Webmaster at - making a website†and IncrediMail and Outlook Express Updates.