email addresses are going away — here are 4 alternatives

Gmail, Yahoo Mail and others provide alternatives to soon-to-be-discontinued email service

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Verizon's current Mail is pretty straightforward when you compare it with anything having to do with Microsoft Mail, I mean, Hotmail, I mean Live Mail, I mean (i.e., Outlook Mail). Then again, that can happen when your company has been around for years.

Microsoft seems to have settled for now on steering people to its cloud-based mail and calendaring service as a free offering with 5GB of storage across its services. You can use even if you're one of the few without a Windows Phone... so yes, Android and iOS apps are available. Microsoft

Microsoft would be delighted for you to use with Windows 10 to get more from the messaging system

Outlook includes slick features such as Sweep for getting rid of bunches of messages at once and Unsubscribe for easily ditching messages from specific sources. Outlook Add-ins let you integrate Yelp, Uber and other apps into your view.

You'll get ads alongside your email, unless you want to shell out $20 to start a Premium account (custom domains and more), and you'll get access to free Skype, Office Online and other services that provide the basics but not as much as you'd get with a paid Office 365 subscription. 


If absolute security is your priority, you might also consider one of numerous encrypted email services, some of which are free (with premium options for more storage, etc.)

Among these are Switzerland's ProtonMail, Germany's Tutanota and Sweden's Countermail (which only has a free trial, no permanent free plan). 

Security company NordVPN recently surveyed messaging users and found that most respondents feel that popular services like Gmail and Yahoo Mail are pretty secure and where not familiar with encrypted services like ProtonMail. That doesn't sit so well with NordVPN, whose CMO Marty Kamden says in a statement: “The scale of the breaches regularly experienced by popular email providers raise concerns about how big companies protect their data. We... try to remind people to put their online security into their own hands: to use strong passwords, encrypted email providers, and VPNs.”

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