Free Email Accounts

Written by Richard Lowe

Most ofrepparttar people onrepparttar 109649 planet userepparttar 109650 email accounts that come with their internet provider service for their personal email. These are included inrepparttar 109651 price ofrepparttar 109652 service, so most people just use them because they don't know any better. I'd guess that outside of such services as AOL, WebTV andrepparttar 109653 like, virtually everyone just uses an email client such as Outlook Express and their ISP's included email accounts.

When I began onrepparttar 109654 internet, I simply used my AOL account to collect my email. It was simple (far simpler than just about anything else, actually) because is was included withrepparttar 109655 AOL package. Once you set up AOL there was no configuration of any kind. You just usedrepparttar 109656 email browser and you were all set.

After I moved to Pacbell, I simply began usingrepparttar 109657 Pacbell email account that was provided as part ofrepparttar 109658 service. It's simple, after all, and better yet, it doesn't cost anything at all.

Later, like many people, I learned about services such as Hotmail, Yahoo mail and Excite mail. I got very excited, because these services solved several problems for me.

First and most importantly, by using my Hotmail account I could receive and send email from everywhere that had web access. While in theory I could dorepparttar 109659 same with my Pacbell account, it was a hassle. Hotmail neatly solved that problem. True,repparttar 109660 web interface was no where near as nice as that provided by Outlook Express, but it was usable and convenient.

On top of that, as I began promoting my own web sites, I found that there are good reasons not to use your own private email account. I learnedrepparttar 109661 hard way, of course, by submitting my site to one of those FFA services and using my own personal email account address. I must have received 10,000 emails in a period of a couple of hours! All junk (the reason FFA lists exist is in exchange for a linkrepparttar 109662 list owner gets to send you one or more promotional email messages) and most even downright silly. Years later I was still getting an occasional email message as a result of that one mistake.

The next time I submitted to an FFA list (before I learned how silly these things are) I got a little smarter and opened a Hotmail account. All ofrepparttar 109663 email messages were directed to that mailbox, which I deleted a few days later. This saved me from getting tons of spam and wading through an incredible number of absolutely useless junk.

The final problem was anonymity. There are times onrepparttar 109664 internet when not giving out one's personal email address is a good idea. I foundrepparttar 109665 email boxes at Mail.Com were perfect for this purpose. It requires only a few minutes to create a mailbox which is more-or-less untraceable. While I have not had any real use for this kind of anonymity, I mention it because it is one major reason some people use free email accounts.

Ah, but there are some disadvantages to using free email accounts. First off,repparttar 109666 ISP based email account's major disadvantage is simply that it is linked to your ISP. If you move or change ISP's, then you have to change your email address. This means changing every newsletter that you receive, every product update, notifying every friend and other person who sends you email, and so forth. Believe me it is a major hassle to change an email address.

Outlook Express

Written by Richard Lowe

Outlook Express is a reasonably nice email, newsgroup and contacts client. One ofrepparttar best things about this program is repparttar 109648 fact that it is free - if, of course, you install Internet Explorer on your system.

Let's start withrepparttar 109649 positive things about this program. The email client is on a par with most other email clients. You can do just about anything that you would ever desire, including creating maintaining email accounts, receiving messages, replying, forwarding, and so on.

One ofrepparttar 109650 real benefits to Outlook Express isrepparttar 109651 ability to create identities. I don't know about you, but I have several email accounts. Usingrepparttar 109652 standard Outlook 2000 client all ofrepparttar 109653 messages from all ofrepparttar 109654 accounts get thrown together in one list (my understanding is that Outlook XP fixes this, but who wants to install such a piece of garbage as Office XP on their system?) Outlook express allows you to create more-or-less separate, well, everything for each and every email account (if you so desire). This way, all ofrepparttar 109655 contacts, inbox, sendbox and so on are totally unique torepparttar 109656 account.

The newsgroup reader isrepparttar 109657 standard, online type. This wasrepparttar 109658 first newsgroup reader that I ever used, and it meets most ofrepparttar 109659 requirements of anyone doing light to medium reading and posting. Other, far better newsgroup clients now exist, however, so Outlook Express cannot be recommended based uponrepparttar 109660 newsgroup client alone.

Contacts are handled in a more or less standard way. You've got a list of contacts, and you can add their mailing information as needed. The contact can be defined directly from an email message, which is a nice touch.

The rule engine in Outlook Express probably was considered advanced many years ago, but by today's standards it is mundane. However, it can be used to block spam, file away messages and perform autoreplies.

A feature which is really cool is called Email Stationary. One of repparttar 109661 best features about Outlook Express isrepparttar 109662 built-in stationary editor. It's not super-sophisticated, but it doesrepparttar 109663 job of creating simple and intermediate stationary files very well.

Okay, now forrepparttar 109664 negatives about this product. I can sum uprepparttar 109665 biggest negative in just one sentence:

The reason why viruses such as Melissa, Iloveyou andrepparttar 109666 like exist and thrive isrepparttar 109667 proliferation of Outlook and Outlook Express.

You see, Outlook Express (and it's big brother Outlook) support email scripting. Other email clients do allow you to execute programs and scripts, but very few of them allowrepparttar 109668 email client itself to be invoked fromrepparttar 109669 script or executable. Why is this a problem?

Here's an example. Read and execute a virus in a different email client and you could wipe out your own system. Readrepparttar 109670 same virus in Outlook Express (or Outlook) and you can additionally automatically (and often without your knowledge) send that virus to everyone you've ever communicated with on email.

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